THE onerous task of splitting the Coffs Rugby club into two has almost been completed.
Two first grade squads have been selected for this Saturday’s trial games against Grafton and it is expected that these teams will change very little over the course of the next week before the Crushers and the Breakers face each other in the season opener on Friday, April 16.
The selection committee of Crushers coach Craig Landrigan, last year’s Breakers mentor Paul Butcher as well as first grade players Dylan Hurley and Brendan Hoy sat down to work out the two teams while firmly keeping in mind the goal of selecting evenly matched teams.
The task this year was a lot simpler than it was 12 months ago when the exercise was done for the first time.
The basic premise that all of last year’s Breakers or Crushers stayed with the same team in 2010 made the task a lot less arduous.
Only in special circumstances where a player wanted to swap from their 2009 team was a change of teams considered.
No doubt new coach Landrigan was on the lookout for a talented fullback at the selection table considering that he will have to do without the services of the exciting Will Guest until June due to injury.
The Breakers on the other hand look like continuing their concentration on blooding young players with John Korff asked to have a short run at number eight this Saturday after he’s completed his duties with the under 19s.
15. Henry Rawiri, 14. Shaun Rayner, 13. Kris Flannigan, 12. Richard Officer, 11. Josh Brooks, 10. Angus Garland, 9. Dave McCormack, 8. Craig Landrigan, 7. Vilise Vatuvili, 6. Joe Dal Pozzo, 5. Brad Henry, 4. Lance Sutton, 3. Joel Riddle, 2. Cameron Wainwright, 1. Matt Joyce. Coach: Craig Landrigan.
15. Peter Shaw, 14. Sheldon Phillips, 13. Kris Kent, 12. Dylan Hurley, 11. Dwayne Fox, 10. Brendan Robbins, 9. Joel McPherson, 8. Chris McDonough, 7. Chris Jones, 6. Abayasankar Sundram, 5. Ryan Austen, 4. Steven Tong, 3. Josh Bradbury, 2. Daniel Redman, 1. Kelvin Rushworth. Coach: Cairon Dunn.