THINGS won’t stop for Orange City coach Steve Hamson when the Blowes Clothing Cup finishes in two weeks.
Hamson has been appointed the manager of the Australian team for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The Australian Rugby Union level three accredited coach has previously coached the national team, but was happy to take on a different role this time.
The 2014 event will be held in Paris from August 1-17 next year.
Hamson is looking forward to working with the players and having a different role.
“There’s probably less stress in terms of results. But if we end up in London when we’re meant to be in Paris there could be trouble,” he laughed.
“It’s a good change. I thought I had something to offer to make it an enjoyable thing.”
Hamson still brings plenty of managerial experience to the side, having been a liaison officer for a number of international sides while they toured Australia, including the British and Irish Lions, Samoa, Canada, Wales and Japan.
“I guess the exposure to those teams, you see the systems and you can take the positives from them,” Hamson said.
“We won’t be to the level of the British and Irish Lions but you can take a bit out of how they do things like handle luggage and transfers.”
It will mean a busy time coming up for Hamson as he coaches Orange City’s first grade side during the Blowes Clothing Cup finals.
He and Dave Cleal are coaching the NSW Country side which will contest the National Women’s Championships from September 25-28.
Hamson’s role as the Australia manager will start at the national championships, where he will have to start collecting information.
Australia was an automatic qualifier for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup after finishing third at the 2010 event.
Other automatic qualifiers include New Zealand, England, France, USA and Canada.
Ireland, Wales, Spain and Samoa have also qualified and the final two places will be filled by an African team and an Asian team.
Hamson said the Australian side will play some warm-up games in New Zealand against the Black Ferns and Canada before going to Paris.