Late change to rugby draw
THE late decision to run with only one Coffs Rugby team in 2011 has seen MNC Rugby issue a new fixture for the season, which starts tomorrow.
Coffs Rugby will be facing Kempsey Cannonballs at Crescent Head tomorrow as part of a four-team first grade competition.
With last year's grand finalists Hastings Valley Vikings and Port Pirates returning for the new season, all four teams will play each other three times throughout the season to settle the qualifying positions for the semi-final series which culminates in the grand final on August 13.
The new draw has Coffs Rugby playing away matches throughout June.
The payoff for the long stretch on the road is the fact that the local team plays all of its vital final three matches of the season on home soil.
The reserve grade competition features seven teams this year while the under-19s has six teams participating.
The larger numbers in the lower grades means that these competitions will actually play one more match than the first grade teams in the week before the finals.
All first grade teams will have a general bye before they start their respective finals campaigns.