Reps after Arthur Tonkin Shield
THE Mid North Coast representative team faces the highly rated New England team on Saturday to fight for the Arthur Tonkin Shield.
The Axemen will not only be fighting a well-respected opponent at Advocate Rugby Park this weekend, but they need to regain confidence quickly after the defeat on Saturday by FNC Dolphins.
The local Axemen squad will be headed by Craig Landrigan, Nick Joyce, Matt Joyce, Dylan Hurley and 10 other Coffs players from the Breakers and Crushers, including new recruit and former junior Hugh Amos.
Amos has just returned to Coffs after a stint in Brisbane first grade rugby and will be a welcome addition, along with several other players and coaches who Coffs has picked up in the off-season.
New England’s young guns will be headed by New South Wales Country No.8 Mike Te Amona, who is rated one of the best players to put on the boots for NSW Country over the past five seasons.
Saturday’s matches will be the last before the Country championships played on March 26 and 27 in Lismore.
Along with the main game on Saturday, the Mid North Coast under-20s made a great start to their campaign and easily beat Far North Coast last weekend. However, the New England opponent is rated as one of the best teams in the state and will provide a gauge of how good the local Colts are.
This Saturday will also double as Coffs Rugby’s sign-on and social day for all supporters and players interested in playing in one of the three grades. Reserve grade and the 19s are both coming off grand final wins in 2010.
“The MNC competition is only six weeks away, so interested players can come along to training on Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm or turn up Saturday,” club president Richard Officer said.