New man at Dorrigo?s

By MITCHELL DALE

NEW Dorrigo Rangers first grade rugby union coach Darren Beaumont is a busy man at the moment.

In fact, the hulking hooker is so busy with work that the Coffs Coast Advocate simply can't get hold of him.

But we're not alone, neither can most of his mates.

So, to do a story profiling the new man at the helm of the Rangers wasn't easy.

But this is what we can tell you about him: We know he is a veteran in the front row and a coach with an impressive record ? winning the Mid North Coast reserve grade title when he last coached the Rangers in 2003.

We know he is a farmer, hence his lack of time to talk to the local media.

"He's basically working all day on the tractor at the moment, sewing grass to get the winter pasture ready," Dorrigo president Craig Cusack says.

"He is basically sleeping for a few hours then going back to work."

We know he put up his hand to coach the Rangers again when 2004 coach Steve Guest stood down, despite already having plenty on his plate this year, including the expected arrival of child number four.

We also know ? second hand ? that he is hell-bent on taking the Rangers to the first grade grand final this winter.

"The aim is to go at least one better than last year," Cusack tells us in Beaumont's absence.

"Steve did a great job to get us to third last season, but in the end we lacked numbers because of serious injuries."

Cusack says Beaumont is the perfect man to replace Guest at the helm.

"Darren and Steve would be the two blokes who carry the most weight with the players," Cusack says.

"Both of their immediate families run two of the bigger and more successful businesses in Dorrigo and they have the characters that tend to mean they can tell most of the guys what to do.

"The committee was very happy when Darren put up his hand to coach again."

While a crippling injury toll effectively killed-off the Rangers' charge towards the Smith and Nephew Shield final last year, Beaumont will have a near full roster to choose from at the start of this season.

Back Ian Boutell is in England while blindside flanker Rocky Lowe is the only other uncertain starter after dislocating his ankle and breaking his leg in last year's preliminary final.

Cusack says Dorrigo have made some strong additions to their player list for 2005.

"Prop is really our only concern at the moment," he says.

"We have more depth in the backs and plenty of forwards.

"We have had quite a few young blokes who haven't played for a couple of years coming back as well.

"Daniel Rose has returned from Brisbane and has looked pretty solid in the centres in our trials.

"We also have Terrence Lamb who is a loose forward coming back, plus we should have Reece Starr (2004 NSW Country schoolboy flyhalf) for a few games."

While The Advocate still can't tell you heaps about coach Beaumont, we can tell you that, under his guidance, the Rangers are set to be a force in Mid North Coast rugby this season.



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