No battle for Country RU Worboys
COFFS Harbour-based Bruce Worboys has been re-elected unopposed for another two-year term as president of New South Wales Country Rugby Union.
It’s his second stint in the top job and will include the position of delegate to the NSW Rugby Union Board of Directors.
“I’m looking forward to leading Country Rugby into the next decade as the Union faces many challenges to maintain its profile as one of the leading sporting associations in Australia,” he said.
“The sporting landscape has changed dramatically and what has worked for Country Rugby in the past mightn’t work in the future, so there’s a need to move with the times and make necessary changes.”
One of the changes nearest his heart is getting home zone Mid North Coast back playing in the Country championships after withdrawing for the 2010 representative season.
“I’ve been assured the zone is committed to return in 2011 and we’ll do everything necessary to support that move,” Worboys said.
“The main obstacle is getting the players motivated and believing in themselves that they can be successful.
“We have an exceptional group of talented blokes going around at club level and once you put the best of them into the top rep teams, they even amaze themselves how easy it becomes to go to that next level.”
Worboys points to the determination of another traditional struggler, neighbours Far North Coast, and their endeavours to get off the bottom of the pecking order.
“They’ve changed their attitude and are determined to succeed,” he added.
“What I’m suggesting to Mid North Coast is they appoint the 2011 coaches no later than June, give them the charter to identify the best talent for the next representative campaign and approach those players directly, convincing them they have what it takes and encouraging them to aim for making the squad.”
He points to one of the zone’s brightest prospects, Coffs Rugby’s brilliant utility Will Guest, as one of the new breed of representative player.
“Will is dead set keen to play rep football and without this zone competing, we have to find another way to give him his chance,” Worboys revealed.
“We’ll clear the way for him with Far North Coast or his former zone Central North.
“These young blokes can’t have their development held up and be forced to sit on the sidelines because there’s no team close to home.”
On the domestic scene, Worboys is thrilled with the progress made since the MNC Southern zone competition was given the green light.
“More positives than negatives have emerged in two seasons and the standard down south has gone leaping ahead, especially in the quality of forwards they are producing,” he added.
“Also, it’s a good idea to bring back reserve grade, with clubs like Bowraville able to find their best level and Southern Cross Uni able to do the groundwork for the future.
“In reserve grade it’s best not to take it easy, but have the attitude it’s a fantastic initiation to rugby.
“The game in these parts will continue to do well, so long as everybody remains enthusiastic and looks ahead all the time.”