NSW Country Championship Preview

Just over 12 months after ending Newcastle Hunter’s six year domination of the NSW Country Championship’s Caldwell Cup, Central West will look defend their title with just five players from last year’s squad. The new look Blue Bulls have had a disjointed preparation for this weekends annual carnival and will need to gel quickly when they face Illawarra in Saturday’s semi final. Illawarra coach Sean McCreedy said he’s expecting a tough battle upfront from the ‘physically imposing’ Blue Bulls, but it confident his squad is good enough to claim the Caldwell Cup for the first time since 2004. “The guys are really excited to represent Illawarra in front of their friends and families and I’m hoping we can play an exciting brand of rugby that will make the local community proud,” McCreedy told Rugby News. In the other semi final, perennial powerhouse Newcastle Hunter face Central Coast. “It’s a new look squad but there are still a lot of old heads around. Those gu
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