INSPIRATIONAL Port Sharks skipper Michael Bright has been anointed to lead Group 2’s senior representative campaign.
In a groundbreaking move, Bright has been announced as captain in advance of the selection meeting on April 27 which will chose the 18-man touring party.
It is the continuation of a role he first earned in 2010 when the Group side debuted in the new look two-tiered Country Rugby League championships, and while Bright won’t have a voting role in picking the players, he has agreed to act as a consultant should the coaches and selectors require advice from the coalface.
“I want to thank the Group for having faith in me as leading the side is quite an honour,” the Group captain said.
Coach Peter Denham has confirmed last year’s team will be the starting point with changes made according to availability and current form.
However, the team will have at least five new faces.
Hooker Nathan Sherlock has returned to New Zealand, centre Kieran Vale was snapped up by South Sydney after his outstanding performance in last year’s campaign visit to Inverell, second-rower Wade Gerhard is playing in Newcastle and Coffs Comets team-mates Karl Younger and Andy Miller are still to make an appearance this season.
The opening match of the series will be in Narrabri on June 4 when the opponents will be the Robbie Trembath-coached southern neighbours from Group 3.