Around The Traps Column: ‘Billy’ takes Gordon job, the numbers game and those swooping magpies

By MARK CASHMAN We’re into the 12th round of the Shute Shield competition and the phone has been ringing hot with all the news and views from the greatest club competition in Australia. Here’s what we are hearing:  I’m sure that Darren Coleman is still very much in possession of the keys but the appointment of BRIAN MELROSE as Gordon boss for 2021 makes a lot of sense. Coleman is off to coach the LA side in Major League Rugby in the United States and will leave the Highlanders in very good shape as their club championship position atests. Melrose will be Club Director of Rugby and First Grade Head Coach adding to his experience around the world in some of rugby’s elite competitions, including the Waratahs, Connacht (Pro12) and London Irish. He has worked as a Skills Consultant with the St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL) and as Head Coach of the Greater Sydney Rams and the Australian Under 20s. ‘Billy’ has also enjoyed plenty of coaching success in the Shut

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