NSW Country Cockatoos team named to play QLD Country
Photo: Allan Ryan
NSW Country Cockatoos coach Mat Thomas has named a strong team to take on QLD Country in this Saturday’s annual Border Shield clash in Newcastle.
On the back of a 40-7 win over NSW Subbies and a 50-34 victory over Brumbies Provincial earlier this month, Thomas has tinkered with his line up slightly with Newcastle Hunter flyhalf Dane Sherratt returning to the starting side after playing from the bench in the Cockatoo’s last clash in Canberra.
“Although we played well in patches in our two victories so far, we know that QLD Country are the current holders of the shield and we will have to step up another few gears to get the result on the weekend,” Thomas said.
In a positive sign for bush footy, all nine NSW Country zones are represented in the matchday 23.
The main clash will be played at 5:50pm at Southern Beaches Rugby Club in Newcastle, following the NSW Country Colts match against QLD Country Colts.
NSW Country Cockatoos team to play QLD Country
1. Andy PAPWORTH Illawarra Wollongong/University
2. Ethan MCINNES Central Coast/Terrigal
3. Kevin MCNAMARA Central Coast/Warnervale
4. Dan RYAN Central West/Parkes
5. Nathan BRENNAN Newcastle Hunter/Singleton
6. Leighton COWLEY Illawarra/Kiama
7. Paul TUALA (Capt) Illawarra/Wollongong University
8. Travis BROOKE (V/Capt) Newcastle Hunter/Maitland
9. Jono O’TOOLE (V/Capt) Newcastle Hunter/Maitland
10. Dane SHERRATT Newcastle Hunter/Waratahs
11. Sireli BAINIVALU Newcastle Hunter/Hamilton
12. Andrew WEST Mid North Coast/Hastings Valley
13. Pat KEEN Central North/Walcha
14. Mitchell KRAUSE Far North Coast/Lismore City
15. Jack ARTHUR Newcastle Hunter/Nelson Bay
16. Bleddyn GANT Mid North Coast/Port Macquarie
17. Charlie FRENCH Central West/Forbes
18. Jesse ROCHE Illawarra/Woonona Shamrocks
19. Andy RAE Illawarra/Wollongong University
20. Ben EGAN Western Plains/Warren
21. Tom SAWDEN Illawarra/Wollongong Vikings
22. Grant KNIGHT Far North Coast/Ballina
23. Robert RICHARDSON Central Coast/Ourimbah