ON RISE: Woolgoolga Whitepointers proved the club’s potential with a July 4 draw with SCU Marlins.
ON RISE: Woolgoolga Whitepointers proved the club’s potential with a July 4 draw with SCU Marlins. Gemima Harvey

Rugby’s growth spurt

IT'S LIKELY new first grade teams will appear in Mid North Coast Rugby next season but a reunion of the Upper and Lower conferences to play in one competition may be as remote as ever.

Zone executive officer Bob Wilson said a meeting of club delegates to discuss the 2016 structure was "very positive" but he wouldn't be drawn on any specific decisions made.

"A report will be forwarded to the executive and they'll decide where and when we proceed," he said.

"However, I believe more clubs will be playing first grade next year but which ones are still to be determined.

"This meeting to discuss our future is the best thing that could have happened and a better comp will certainly come out of it."

If the northern and southern extremities remain partitioned and new 'first grade' clubs are raised, it's believed they are likely to come from Presidents Cup.

It was originally hoped Woolgoolga Whitepointers, Bowraville Goannas and Dorrigo Rangers would join the top division this season and a proposed draw was prepared.

But that plan was quickly shelved as it was felt the three clubs would not be able to compete in the forwards and they needed to be given time to feel their way.

Wilson also believes the fledgling Wauchope club will remain in the Lower conference rather than become a third northern club playing out of the Hastings region.



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