2015 NRC Season Preview: Sydney Stars

By Matt Findlay While the Sydney Stars’ focus is firmly on development, and providing opportunities, in the 2015 National Rugby Championship, head coach Peter Playford said in no uncertain terms, results still matter. They have to; the Stars came last in 2014’s inaugural tournament, only winning one game from eight starts. But, in Playford’s eyes, development and results go hand-in-hand. “[Development] is the NRC mantra,” he said. “But my thing is, the sum of all parts will lead to results. “As I’ve said in previous interviews, whilst the results didn’t go our way last year and we came at the bottom end of the ladder, we managed to get both coaches signed up to the Waratahs, plus about four or five players. “That’s what the Stars really stands for, helping these young guys get a chance. At the end of the day it’s about helping build NSW rugby and in turn, Australian rugby. “My thing is about getting players to embrace [that concept of development]. If
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