Rams and Eagles to host NRC double header in Sydney this Saturday
The NSW Country Eagles have been forced to move this weekend’s match against Perth away from Orange in Central West NSW due to heavy rain.
The Eagles will now play the Spirit at Concord Oval at 1pm on Saturday, ahead of the Western Sydney Rams clash against Queensland Country at 3pm in the first ever NRC double header.
While NSW Country Eagles head coach Darren Coleman was clearly upset about moving the match, he admitted it was unavoidable.
“We’re massively disappointed not to be playing there (in Orange),” he said.
“We’d really like to be heading out there, it’s part of our team mantra that we represent country rugby and especially there, where they hosted a game last year and did it really well.”
Despite the obvious regret of not being able to play in front of the Orange faithful, Coleman did give an indication his side might still yet run out onto Endeavour Oval in 2016.
“Our goal is to continue to perform and finish first or second to give us a home final,” Coleman said.
“If we can do that it gives us another opportunity to take a game out to the country areas and we will definitely be considering Orange as an option.”
Eagles general manager Peter Playford echoed Coleman’s comments.
“It’s disappointing but it was out of our hands at the end of the day. The Rams have been extremely accommodating and have had to shuffle their day around so we are very thankful.”