Premier Rugby: Bulked up Easts squad targeting finals footy in 2020

By Liz Moore There have been a lot of changes to the Easts line-up this year leaving coach Moses Raulini very pleased with the ‘crucial’ depth in both his squad as a whole and its leadership pool who are all “chomping at the bit” to play. The Easts squad has gained former Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen, along with six others who would most likely have been playing overseas if this year had gone to plan, including Richie Asiate, Tom Milosevic, Landon Hayes, Dylan Taikato, Phoenix Hunt and Kirwan Sanday. Despite losing five players to other clubs, Raulini is delighted for the ones Easts have picked up, including the Smit brothers from Wests, Jayden Carroll from Norths, Aidan Toua from Brothers, Mika Tela from Souths and George Francis from Warringah in Sydney. There have also been several players lost for employment reasons and to overseas, and Aaron Sorridomi who’s retired, but Raulini said overall the squad is stronger for the new-look season. “Covid’s been ki
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