NSW Country Rugby Union

Cockatoos and Juniors Work and Play Together

Cockatoos and Juniors Work & Play Together

The NSW Country Cockatoos and the NSW Country Junior U17’s and U18 teams will feel the winter chill of Canberra with matches being played in the nation’s capital this weekend.

With the representative calendar aligning both the Cockatoos and the Country Juniors will be use the opportunity to get together and learn about each other’s strategy, training and game plans.

The senior Country players will also use the time to mentor the younger representatives during a combined training session at the AIS this weekend.

Cockatoos Head Coach Mat Thomas says the opportunity for the senior squad to work with the juniors is something they love doing.

“Everybody gets something out of the experience and we will be actively looking for more of these opportunities and initiatives in the future,” Mat said.

“The players have a wonderful knowledge of the game and providing the opportunity for the U17’s and 18’s to learn from the best players in country rugby is always going to be a tremendous experience for both the coaches and the players involved”.

The comments were echoed by the U18’s Country Juniors coach Chris Coleman.

“The opportunity to see the Cockatoos while they’re training and going through their preparation on match day will be a great insight and will help our boys immensely,” Chris said.

The Cockatoos team are in Canberra to play the Brumbies Provincial side for the third year running with the country team winning every contest so far.

The Brumbies Provincial team draws its representatives from senior rugby players in the Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU).

On Sunday, the Country U17’s juniors will play a strong ACT team while the U18’s will be involved in a three way playoff with Sydney Junior Rugby Union (SJRU) and ACT Schools.

The Country U18’s and SJRU games will be played to identify potential talent who may have an opportunity to progress into the Gen Blue program for the 2018 season.

Tim Rapp and Pat McCutcheon from the NSW Waratahs Talent identification were delighted with the Country Colts they saw in Camden a fortnight ago and expect to have a number of players from Country inducted into the talent program.

“It’s so important players have an opportunity to be identified at any stage of the Pathway program and we’re very excited about a few of the Country boys coming through for selection in the Gen Blue teams,” Pat McCutcheon said.

The full program for the weekend in Canberra includes:

NSW Country Cockatoos vs Brumbies Provincial
Tuggeranong Vikings, 4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa ACT 2903
KICK-OFF: 5pm (after Vikings 1st grade fixture)

David Campese Oval, Queanbeyan
10:15am: U17’s NSW Country vs. ACT Brumbies
11:35am: U18’s ACT School vs NSW Country
12:15pm: U18’s SJRU vs. NSW Country

No. / Position Player Zone Club
1. L / H Prop Andy PAPWORTH Illawarra Wollongong University
2. Hooker Ethan MCINNES Central Coast Terrigal
3. T / H Prop Kevin MCNAMARA Central Coast Warnervale
4. L / Lock Dan RYAN Central West Parkes
5. R / Lock Nathan BRENNAN Newcastle Hunter Singleton
6. B / Flank Leighton COWLEY Illawarra Kiama
7. O / Flank Paul TUALA Illawarra Wollongong University
8. No 8 Travis BROOKE Newcastle Hunter Maitland
9. Scrumhalf Jono O’TOOLE Newcastle Hunter Maitland
10. Fly half Grant KNIGHT Far-North Coast Ballina
11. L / Wing Sireli BAINIVALU Newcastle Hunter Hamilton
12. I / Centre Andrew WEST Mid-North Coast Hasting Valley
13. O / Centre Pat KEEN Central North Walcha
14. R / Wing Mitchell KRAUSE Far North Coast Lismore City
15. Fullback Jack ARTHUR New England Armidale
16. Hooker Wayne NGATAI Illawarra Wollongong University
17. Prop Charlie FRENCH Central West Forbes
18. Prop Jesse ROCHE Illawarra Woonona Shamrocks
19. Lock Joash MANN Western Plains Bourke
20. B/Row Ben EGAN Western Plains Warren
21. Scrum Half Tom SAWDEN Illawarra Wollongong Vikings
22. Utility Back Dane SHERRATT Newcastle Hunter Waratahs
23. Utility Back Robert Richardson Central Coast Ourimbah