Rugby boss ends reports that zone conferences will combine
MID North Coast Rugby executive director Bob Wilson has poured cold water on speculation in a midweek television report the upper and lower arms of the zone may combine.
It follows the decision by Wauchope to switch to the northern conference, so don’t expect to see Coffs Coast teams playing Saturday matches in Gloucester or Nelson Bay (or vice versa) if the two arms of the premierships were to combine.
“There has never been any decision to combine both the UMNC and LMNC,” Wilson said.
“It’s pure speculation and not fact.
“During the season all clubs attended a meeting to discuss different formats and while some people and clubs would like a combined competition, others don’t and this will not be happening at this stage.
“Wauchope is moving because they will field two senior teams along with the possibility of juniors.
“The LMNC is a one team “village” competition and cannot accommodate two grades of seniors or any juniors.”
The LMNC will welcome back Myall Lakes to make a six team one grade competition.
It’s already been announced the UMNC zone will have as many as eight first and reserve grade teams, along with under-18s, 16s and 14s.
There should be an increase in playing numbers from U12s and younger age groups.
“Unfortunately, the LMNC do not have this and they should be looking at introducing junior rugby.”
“This was the case in the UMNC many years ago where they started out small and have grown to where they are today.
“This is due to hard work, patience and persistence by the clubs, parents and volunteers.”
Wilson said draws for both competitions will be circulated in December.