Rugby with a dash of scotch
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN Coffs Rugby built their club's internet site, it's doubtful that anyone thought it would be responsible for dragging in international recruits. Maybe pull in a few extra faces to social functions or let anyone who wants to know what the scores were last week. That was until Rob Ferguson arrived at the clubrooms. "I was just looking on the internet for places to come to Australia and I saw the Coffs Harbour website and decided to come here," he said. "I've got an aunty who lives up in Grafton and that was another reason for coming to stay here because I'm close to home if I need to be but far enough away just to keep to myself." From the small Scottish town of Jedburgh which is about 50 miles south of Edinburgh, Ferguson arrived with an impressive football resume. A member of Scotland's under 18 A team as well as many local representative teams, the 21 year old utility forward has brought his football pedigree along and impressed many at the club with his play. "The footy's good here, last week was a bit crap, especially for a prop because you don't get much of a run," Ferguson said in his thick accent. "Apart from that we've had some decent games the last few games. "Dorrigo was a good game and I've enjoyed some of the away trips as well." Playing either prop or second row for Coffs, Ferguson didn't take long to find a fair bit of difference in the style of football played on the Mid North Coast. "The game's a lot faster over here when it's dry," he said. "Back home there's an awful lot of kicking but over here everybody's involved in the game." The biggest challenge that Coffs Rugby face now in trying to hold on to Ferguson's services next year is finding him a job. Standing at six feet in the old scale and weighing in at about 100kg, the forward is primed for some labouring work. There's no challenge with the weather or local lifestyle though. "It's totally different over here, it's a lot more relaxed," "And this is your winter and there's people still swimming in the sea. Back home you'd freeze to death if you went in the sea."