Shute Shield: 2015 Season Review – Eastern Suburbs

by Paul Cook - With the new Shute Shield season just under two months away, we continue our look back at each and every team’s efforts in 2015. The next cab off the rank - Eastern Suburbs. With Director of Rugby Darren Coleman adding the head coaching role to his list of responsibilities in the off-season, the task of steering the club back onto an even keel after the disappointment of a 9th place finish in 2014, was challenging enough. But the retirements of several experienced and long-term Beasties’ servants in the off-season, alongside a debilitating injury toll amongst his highest profile recruitments, combined to lead the good ship Easts towards even rockier shores. Four wins, 27pts and 10th place on the ladder were certainly not what the doctor ordered. Now firmly ensconced in planning a return to better days in 2016, Rugby News caught up with a brutally honest Coleman recently to pick the bones out of a year perhaps best forgotten at Woollahra Oval. ******************
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