Gavin Hoffman will this year coach University in the hope of taking them to victory.
Gavin Hoffman will this year coach University in the hope of taking them to victory. Chris Ison

New coach has big plans for Uni

RUGBY UNION: Colts have almost been an untouchable team in the Premiership Trophy for a number of years but this year it just might be a different story.

Gavin Hoffman was this week assigned the new coach of University and already has plans in place to bring the team to victory in the 2010 season.

After 32 years with Frenchville Pioneers as player/coach, Hoffman said he was excited for his new opportunity.

“I just couldn’t see much of a future as far as coaching went at Frenchville, there was more potential for me at University,” he said yesterday.

“I am a little sad to leave but you have to move on and this is a good move.”

Last year University led a nail-biting grand final against Colts, but lost to the team whose authority has barely been challenged.

And despite only being in the job for no more than a week, Hoffman knows how he will drive the team to success.

“I hope we will win,” Hoffman smiled.

“I will be giving them more training and we will go back to the basics of picking and driving.

“Basically what I am after are more players in the forwards and have a mobile forward pack.”

But he is also well aware of the already existing strength of University, who in the past four years have appeared in three of the grand finals.

The first training session that Hoffman will have with the University players will be on February 16.

“I haven’t seen the team yet, so we can’t do too much until we meet the team,” he said.

But Hoffman isn’t the only change for the students with Andrew Page to coach the reserve grade.

Page has made the switch from Nambour on the Sunshine Coast where he played in the Queensland County competition.

Lachlan Wells will again be assistant coach to the A-grade team. Hoffman aid he was pleased to work alongside Wells, who he believes would bring some fresh ideas to the table.

Former coach James Nasser will still be involved in the club as the club president.



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