Shute Shield: 2015 Season Review – Manly

by Paul Cook - The eagerly anticipated 2016 Shute Shield season kicks-off in just a fortnight’s time with 12 teams champing at the bit to contest the biggest and best club competition in Australia. Rugby News wraps up its look at how each team fared last time out with an in-depth review of last year’s grand finalists and their path to the big dance. First up – Manly. After serving his apprenticeship at the Village Green under Tim Lane and Phil Blake, Damien Cummins took on the role of head coach with one target uppermost in his mind – to reach that elusive grand final. With Manly having bowed out in the finals series in the previous six years, the challenge to jump that last hurdle and become the first Marlins team to contest a title decider since 1997, was in danger of becoming more a mental than physical examination. But faced with an exodus of 1st grade experience in the off-season, Cummins had enough on his plate simply gelling the remaining group of players with a host
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