Bunnies NRL trial line-up named
SOUTH Sydney coach John Lang has named a full-strength 26-man line-up for the NRL trial with Gold Coast Titans at BCU International Stadium next Saturday night.
It will be his team’s second hit-out of the 2010 season after downing Manly two weeks ago.
The trial game against the Titans will be the culmination of the Rabbitohs’ second excursion to Camp Rabbitoh in Coffs Harbour.
Players have been training at the first-class facilities at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, as well working in the community of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding regions through Souths Cares programs.
Much interest will centre on the appearance of boom English forward Sam Burgess, one of the success stories of the All Stars match last Saturday, and how he combines with new ex-Broncos recruit David Taylor.
The Coffs Coast Advocate found Souths training at Camp Rabbitoh last night and media and communication manager Jeremy Monahan said the squad would be back on that field tomorrow afternoon.
“They have their final session at 6pm on Friday at BCU International Stadium and some of our players are going to the junior sign-on day at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park at 2pm, before the main game,” he said.
But local Group 2 fans hoping to catch a glimpse of electrifying former Macleay Valley Mustang, Mal Webster Jr, will have to wait another 12 months.
“Mal is part of our Toyota Cup squad, so he will remain in the city,” Monahan revealed.
“They are training in Sydney and have a trial match on this weekend.”
The main game between the Rabbitohs and Titans kicks off at 7pm with gates opening at 4pm.
A preliminary Group 2 Sevens competition will begin at 5pm.
Tickets for the game are available by visiting www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au or by purchasing at the gate.
Junior players signing up at the afternoon session receive free general admission to the game and will form a guard of honour for the first grade players as they take the field.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Squad
1 - Luke Capewell
2 - Nathan Merritt
3 - Beau Champion
4 - Colin Best
5 - Fetuli Talanoa
6 - John Sutton
7 - Chris Sandow
8 - Luke Stuart (c)
9 - Issac Luke
10 - Sam Burgess
11 - Eddy Pettybourne
12 - David Taylor
13 - Ben Lowe
14 - Shannan McPherson
15 - Garret Crossman
16 - Scott Geddes
17 - Dave Tyrrell
18 - Jason Clark
19 - Beau Falloon
20 - Shaune Corrigan
21 - Dylan Farrell
22 - Junior Vaivai
24 - Kane Morgan
25 - Adam Reynolds
26 - Jamie Simpson