SAME AGAIN? The SCU Marlins, pictured celebrating their thrilling 2017 MNC Rugby grand final win over Hastings Valley, have started their pre-season.
SAME AGAIN? The SCU Marlins, pictured celebrating their thrilling 2017 MNC Rugby grand final win over Hastings Valley, have started their pre-season.

Marlins warm up in bid to hook another MNC title

CHASING up last season's victorious run, reigning premiers Southern Cross University Marlins have hit the park hard.

The first grade, under-18s, U16 and U14 2017 champions hit Marlins Park last week for their first pre-season session.

First grade coach and former Wallaby Dwayne Vignes said players, both new and old, hit the field and showed some potential.

"It was a very pleasing first show,” Vignes said.

Vignes, now in his second year of coaching the Marlins' top side, said several new players had joined its ranks.

Having lost some players to Sydney signings, the Marlins will have to rebuild.

But Vignes said several U18s had expressed interest in playing first grade.

In last year's grand final, the Marlins clinched a 36-35 win over Hastings Valley with six U18s on the field.

"We had a very successful year last year. We're hoping to build on that,” Vignes said.

Vignes said new coaching staff had been enlisted, including former Australian Sevens Barbarian Greg Wilson and Coffs Snappers' Bob Wilson, who will look after the U18s.

He said the Marlins played a "different brand” of fast rugby which utilised every player.

He urged anyone interested in playing to head to pre-season training this Thursday.

"Any new players can head on out and play an attractive style of rugby,” he said.

The Marlins hope to field a women's, first grade, U18, U16 and U14 sides this season and make a clean sweep.

Last season they won every age group apart from the women's.

Training is at University (Marlins) Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm.



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