Rob Hoy will step back to an assistant coach role this year.
Rob Hoy will step back to an assistant coach role this year.

Hoy has overseas commitments

COFFS Crushers rugby coach Rob Hoy will scale back some team duties this season due to an expanding list of international sporting commitments.

The highly-regarded physiotherapist took his side to last year’s zone grand final but is content to continue in an assistant’s role for 2010.

Veteran back-rower Craig Landrigan is freely tipped to accept the position of captain-coach.

Hoy was part of the support staff for the Australian Touch Football open and men’s teams which defended the World Cup in South Africa during 2007.

This year he’s already been in New Zealand taking care of the Australian Touch squads during their three-division victory in the Trans Tasman series.

“It was great to beat those Kiwis and I got a big wrap from high performance manager Wayne Grant which was nice personally, as well as a vote of confidence in the strength and sporting knowledge on the Coffs Coast,” he said.

“The clean sweep puts Australia back to Number One in touch footy after the women won 3-0, with both the men’s and mixed teams winning 2-1.

“With the World Cup being held in Scotland during 2011, I’ve got the fingers crossed in case I get the call-up for that trip.”

Earlier this month, he also led a six-member party of local medical representatives to Caloundra for the national titles.

In the interim, Hoy has been sounded out by former Coffs Rugby player Connor Barrett for a schoolboy rugby tour of Canada.

“Connor is leading a team of kids from Canberra Grammar and he’s offered to toss in a little drinking silver if I’d be prepared to go,” he added.

“With four matches on the tour it sounds like a good opportunity and I’m pretty certain it’s a goer.”

On the professional scene, Hoy is preparing for another huge season catering for athletes participating in winter sport and will tonight be conducting a sports injury information evening at Coffs Harbour Rugby Club, starting from 6.30pm.

“The night has been arranged in conjunction with Elastoplast Sporting products, so we’ll have plenty of tape on hand for those wishing to give it a go,” he said.

“Guest speaker in Rob Baumann, sports business manager of Beiersdorf Australia, who’ll assist me with speaking about sports injuries and their prevention.

“Once participants have had the theory, they can try the practical after we demonstrate the various strapping techniques.

“If we get plenty of first-timers there I reckon they’ll have a lot of fun making a mess with all that free tape to play with.”

Hoy is keen for the rugby season to blast off so that Crushers can turn the tables on their grand final antagonists, Coffs Breakers.

“With retirements, blokes moving out of the area and some of the old stagers determined to hang around in reserve grade, I think there’ll be a lot of changes in the comp this year,” he opined.

“Bringing University in seems a good move but Coffs will have to do some rebuilding . . . which is probably overdue after a lot of good years in a row.”

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