Boyd to Return Home

Jim Kayes
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Jim Kayes

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After four years coaching in England, former Hurricanes title winning coach Chris Boyd is coming home, but to what, he’s not sure.  He chatted with NZRW editor Jim Kayes.

Chris Boyd, the Northampton Saints director of rugby, looks on during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Northampton Saints and Gloucester Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on September 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chris Boyd isn’t sure what the future holds when he returns to New Zealand, except that the house needs painting and he wants to get the vege garden sorted.

“I’m not in a massive rush,” the former Wellington and Hurricanes coach says when asked if he has a plan for life after his four year’s at Northampton Saints in England.

He will work as an external consultant for the club, which will require a few trips back to England each year, but beyond that, he has no plans.

And when I ask if he wants to keep coaching, it gets a bit complicated.  He starts with “I’m not sure” and then goes on to explain how he’s no longer a whistle and boots-on-the-field sort of coach.

“I don’t really coach rugby any more, I run a program,” Boyd explains.   “We have 100 people in the rugby set up at Northampton - about 60 players and 40 staff.

“I have to make sure those 100 people are sitting in the waka and the boat is going as fast and smoothly as we can make it go.

“I haven’t blown a whistle in anger for a long time.”

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Jim Kayes
Written by
Jim Kayes

Editor of NZRW magazine, Producer of the Breakdown and all round good guy

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