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    NSW Rugby Releases Mazda Australian Rugby Championship Squads

    NSW Rugby Releases Mazda Australian Rugby Championship Squads


    The official Mazda Australian Rugby Championship squads have been confirmed for the Imagetec Central Coast Rays, Sydney Fleet and Western Sydney Rams.

    “Where possible the players have been enlisted from their aligned clubs but occasionally there will be crossovers,” said Fraser Neill, NSWRU Chief Executive Officer.


    “The Beale and Norton-Knight situation is a good example. The sensible decision was made to place Kurtley with the Rams and Sam with the Rays,”

    “There are a few other examples too all in the effort to ensure the best players are playing every week.

    “The sides are well balanced with Super 14 players going head to head for starting positions with the Waratahs and club players now playing for contracts at the next level.

    “It’s also encouraging to see players returning from overseas to boost the competition,” added Mr Neill.

    “Now that the teams are released I’d expect many people to start forging their allegiance by region or favourite player.”

    Imagetec Central Coast Rays
    North Sydney Team

    Head Coach: John McKee
    Assistant Coaches: Darren Coleman, Lachlan Fear

    John Adams Warringah
    Ross Duncan Warringah
    Clint Eadie Warringah
    Steve Evans Norths
    Ofa Fainga’anuku Gordon
    Alex Gluth Gordon
    Sam Harris Manly
    David Harvey Gordon
    Peter Hewat Manly
    Ben Jacobs Warringah
    Nick Lah Norths
    Jordon Macey Norths
    Al Manning Norths
    Pat McCabe Warringah
    Dustin McGregor Gordon
    Rod Moore No Club
    Jye Mullane Norths
    Nifo Nifo Warringah
    Sam Norton-Knight Norths
    Jason Peseta Norths
    Villi Ratu Gordon
    Beau Robinson Norths
    Brett Sheehan Warringah
    Dylan Sigg Manly
    Andrew Smith Norths
    Chris Thompson Norths
    Cameron Treloar Warringah
    Jared Waerea-Hargraves Norths


    Sydney Fleet
    Area Middle Sydney

    Head Coach: Col Jeffs
    Assistant Coaches: Scott Bowen, Mark Giacheri

    Sanualio Afeaki Sydney Uni
    Tom Azar Easts
    Sean Baker Randwick
    Andrew Barrett Souths
    Ed Brenac Easts
    Adam Byrnes Easts
    Will Caldwell Sydney Uni
    Tom Carter Sydney Uni
    Tim Davidson Sydney Uni ex player contracted in year
    Gavin Debartolo Easts Year 1 Apprentice
    Dayna Edwards Randwick
    Atonio Halangahu Randwick
    Daniel Halangahu Sydney Uni
    Chris Houston Randwick
    Danny Kroll Randwick
    Daniel Lewinski Sydney Uni
    Arthur Little Randwick
    Alfred Mafi Sydney Uni
    Pat McCutcheon Sydney Uni
    Lachlan McCutcheon Sydney Uni
    Dean Mumm Sydney Uni
    Junior Puroku Easts
    Nathan Sievert Sydney Uni
    Jeremy Tilse Sydney Uni
    Morgan Turinui Randwick
    Josh Valentine Manly
    Laurence Weeks Sydney Uni
    Matthew Whittleston Randwick


    Western Sydney Rams

    Head Coach: Brian Melrose
    Assistant Coaches: Bill Young, Stephen James, John Manenti.

    Ben Alexander Eastwood
    Kurtley Beale Norths
    Wil Brame Manly
    Aaron Broughton-Rouse Eastwood
    Ben Coridas Eastwood
    Tom Egan Easts
    Fa’atonu Fili No Club
    Ben Hand Eastwood
    Josh Holmes Eastwood
    Mark Howell West Harbour
    Van Humphries No Club
    Luke Johnson Manly
    James Lakepa Manly
    Josh Mann-Rea Manly
    Ben Martin Eastwood
    Lachlan Mitchell Sydney Uni
    Peter Niumata Penrith
    Gareth Palamo Eastwood
    Hugh Perrett Eastwood
    Dave Rimmer West Harbour
    Ben Roberts West Harbour
    Chris Siale Manly
    Rory Sidey West Harbour
    Filipo Toala Eastwood
    Lachie Turner Eastwood
    Josh Weeks Parramatta
    Marty Wilson Eastwood
    Sam Wykes Parramatta


    Melbourne Rebels

    Head Coach : Bill Millard
    Assistant Coach : Nick Leah
    Assistant Coach : Matt Cockbain (Lineout)
    Assistant Coach : Fletcher Dyson (Scrum)

    David Croft (Captain)
    Matt Cockbain
    Mike Ross
    Nick Churven
    Richard Stanford
    David Dennis
    Matt Hodgson current Player
    Luke Burgess
    Dan Kelly
    Digby Ioane player contracted till end of RWC
    Michael Hobbs
    Peter Playford
    Nathan Trist
    Scott Cameron
    Liam Shaw
    Shawn MacKay
    David Haigh
    Jon McGrath player/apprentice ?
    Peter Owens
    James Lew
    James Hanson
    Heamani Lavaka

    East Coast Aces
    Gold Coast

    Head Coach: John Boe
    Asst Coach: Garrick Morgan

    Lloyd Campbell-McBride Prop Easts
    Jade Ingham Hooker Easts
    Ben Mowen Backrow Easts
    Andrew Walker Fullback Easts
    Sam Batty Scrumhalf Gold Coast Breakers
    Caleb Brown Winger Gold Coast Breakers
    Luke Caughley Lock Gold Coast Breakers
    Daniel Esse Backrow Gold Coast Breakers
    Lloyd Johansson Centre Gold Coast Breakers (Captain)
    Marshall Milroy Fullback Gold Coast Breakers
    Will Munsie Lock Gold Coast Breakers
    Bo Paraha No 8 Gold Coast Breakers
    Brett Stapleton Winger Gold Coast Breakers ex Player
    Tama Tuirirangi Prop Gold Coast Breakers
    Waitai Walker Centre Gold Coast Breakers
    Quade Cooper Flyhalf Souths
    Ben Coutts Prop Souths
    Charlie Fetoai Centre Souths
    AJ Gilbert Backrow Souths
    Josh Afu Backrow Sunnybank
    Ole Avei Hooker Sunnybank
    Nic Berry Scrumhalf Sunnybank
    John Dart Fullback Sunnybank
    James Kriukelis Backrow Sunnybank
    Ben Lucas Fly Half Sunnybank
    Robert Simmons Lock Sunnybank
    Joe Tufuga Prop Sunnybank
    Henari Veratau Centre Sunnybank

    Navy Canberra Vikings

    Head coach: Nick Scrivener
    Asst Coach: Matt O'Connor
    Asst Coach: LAURIE FISHER??!??!

    Jared Barry
    Alister Campbell ©
    Matt Carraro
    Tim Cornforth
    Anthony Faingaa
    Saia Faingaa
    Francis Fainifo
    Solomona Fainifo
    Gene Fairbanks
    Dan Guinness
    Anthony Hegarty
    Nic Henderson
    Ben Johnston
    Rowan Kellam
    Jack Kennedy
    Peter Kimlin
    Christian Lealiifano
    Eddie McLaughlin
    Beau Mokotupu
    Patrick Phibbs
    Dan Raymond
    Julian Salvi
    Pauliasi Taumoepeau
    Jone Tawake
    John Ulugia
    Jack Vanderglas
    Adam Wallace-Harrison
    Tim Wright.


    Tornados

    Ballymore Brisbane

    Head Coach: Chris Roche
    Assistant coach: Paul Healy

    Paul Doneley Outside Back Brothers
    Sean Hardman Hooker Brothers *
    Brendan McKibbin Scrumhalf Brothers **
    Anthony Sauer Outside Back Brothers
    Will Genia Scrumhalf GPS *
    Tom McVerry Backrow GPS (captain) *
    Steve Miller Backrow GPS
    Brett Naylor Tighthead Prop GPS
    Byron Roberts Outside Back GPS
    Elia Tuqiri Flyhalf GPS
    Blair Connor Outside Back Norths **
    Tristan Hill Lock Norths
    Peter Loane Tighthead Prop Norths
    Ray Stowers Backrow Norths
    Greg Holmes Loosehead Prop Sunnybank *
    Tim Sampson Inside Back Sunnybank
    Shon Siemonek Loosehead Prop Sunshine Coast
    Charles Wyllie No 8 Sunshine Coast
    Brett Gillespie Inside Back University **
    Peter Hynes Outside Back University *
    Daniel Linde Lock University **
    Geoff Abram Hooker Wests *
    Jared Hanna Lock Wests
    Scott Higginbotham No 8 Wests **
    Ed O'Donoghue Lock Wests *
    Clinton Schifcofske Fullback Wests *
    David Collis Flyhalf Sydney
    Leroy Houston Backrow Sydney *

    * Denotes contracted Queensland Reds player

    ** Denotes Reds Academy player

    Perth Spirit
    Head coach John Mulvihill
    Asst Coach Tom Fearn
    Asst Coach Geoff Townsend

    Squad ?

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    any news on the spirit squad?

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    No mate - there are 3 squads missing still- don't know if they are waiting on possible Wallaby call ups or what - currently I like the look of the Rams

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    There's more than a couple of ex Force players in those squads

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    Mr X said he didn't see the ARC lasting more than two years. I hope he is wrong!!!! I can only see good coming from this, what a great way for club players to get recognised and maybe move to the top level.

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    Reasons I'm looking forward to the ARC

    1:The new laws being showcased a lot of work has gone into these new laws and it supposed to give a faster game with less penalties

    2:Watching new/young players develop for the

    3:Up close and personal in ME Stadium

    4:The unpredictable nature of the competition - nobody has any idea about which teams are likely to shine - could be payback time TG

    5:The unpredictable nature of the team combinations (short comp but the first couple of games the combos won't work right - but they will develop)

    6:Matt Henjak as captain - have a sneaking suspicion that he will do a really good job of it and shock a few pundits

    7: Something to get excited about while the Wallabies play fiji in the pool games - yawn - been there seen that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thequeerone
    4:The unpredictable nature of the competition - nobody has any idea about which teams are likely to shine - could be payback time TG
    I don't think its unreasonable to say the Force will make the final (at least). We have too many experienced S14 players (plus experienced playing together) and depth in all positions bar hooker and scrum-half. It would be hard to screw that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James
    I don't think its unreasonable to say the Force will make the final (at least). We have too many experienced S14 players (plus experienced playing together) and depth in all positions bar hooker and scrum-half. It would be hard to screw that up.
    Agreed - the Spirit does seem to have an advantage when compared to the Rebels or the Aces - however our back line has been decimated by Wallaby Selection (no Mitchell or Cross or Staniforth or Gitts and possibly no Pely either) - with the wonderful forwards combination - even allowing for Sharpie's unfortunate absence we should win ball - converting it to points may be challenging in the first couple of weeks - guessing Hardy and AJ will have to give the others some lessons

    Imagine this scenario though - the first real trophy in the cabinet belonging to the Spirit - would set us up very nicely for the S14 season.

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    I see a backline of:

    10- Hilgendorf
    11- Cummins (presumably playing)
    12- Mackay
    13- Pelesasa/Cross (They wouldn't take both)
    14- Sare
    15- Shepherd (very sadly I think he's missed the window)

    Being pretty effective. I don't know though injuries wise it might go badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James
    I see a backline of:

    10- Hilgendorf
    11- Cummins (presumably playing)
    12- Mackay
    13- Pelesasa/Cross (They wouldn't take both)
    14- Sare
    15- Shepherd (very sadly I think he's missed the window)

    Being pretty effective. I don't know though injuries wise it might go badly.
    I see where your coming from James, but I would suggest that if we had Cross, we'd be playing Pelesasa on the wing.
    Cummins is a big boy and all but he going to lowered gentle into the team. I would suggest that he would fight with Zander Peden for the last spot on the bench. I would assume if Scott Daruda is still with us he would join Jon McGrath as the other back reserve. If not James Stannard would be the 10/12/15 reserve.
    Sad to think that no local WA boy's still won't get a look in for the starting 22 though.

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    Perth Gold halfback gets a look in ? Curtis McClean
    Jak will be needing a suitable understudy any other suggestions/ideas - is it time for another book



    2 squads left to be announced - Perth Spirit and the Tornados

    2007 Navy Canberra Vikings squad added to the first post - expected the Vikings to look stronger on paper

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    Thats a pretty handy Squad for Canberra which, as for Perth, is a reflection of under representation in the RWC Squad.
    Pretty impressive scrum of probably:

    1. Nic Henderson
    2. Saia Faingaa
    3. John Ulugia
    4. Alister Campbell
    5. Adam Wallace-Harrison
    6. ???
    7. Julian Salvi
    8. Jone Tawake

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