Crushers name new coach
COFFS Rugby have been quick to act this week in finding a replacement coach for the Crushers.
Last year’s coach Rob Hoy stood down from the head coach position last week but the club announced that club stalwart Craig Landrigan will be the new leader of the 2009 runners-up.
Landrigan will take over as captain/coach of the Coffs Rugby Crushers first grade rugby team while Hoy will maintain a role with the team as an assistant coach.
The new captain/coach will bring a wealth of experience to the position having played at a high level in both England and Australia.
After going down to the Coffs Breakers in the grand final last year Landrigan will be looking to go one better in 2010.
This will be no easy task however as firstly the team needs to recover from last year’s loss to club mates the Coffs Breakers and then deal with the other clubs in the zone which have recruited well with two or three imports from NZ or the Northern Hemisphere.
“It will be a challenge but as we have retained the majority of last year’s team I think we can go one better,” Landrigan said.
With coaches settled for the Crushers (Landrigan), Breakers (Ciaron Dunn) and under 19’s (Des Hoy) the club is now working on finalising a reserve grade coach or manager.
“There are numerous old boys in this team so they will have plenty of help,” club president Richard Officer said.
The other big step that Coffs Rugby will be endeavouring to complete this week is naming the interim first XV teams for both the Crushers and Breakers.
The Crushers are set to have a similar side while the Breakers will have a few new names in the squad after losing a long list of players due to retirement or going on to higher rugby levels.
All will be revealed when the Crushers and Breakers face each other in a grand final replay on Friday, April 16 in the opening match of the 2010 season.