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Sydney Rays .. NRC Team Official Thread

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by Hugh Jarse, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Hugh Jarse Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Franchise officially confirmed by the Pulveriser today.

    @Rugby Reg beats the NSW Franchises to get the first team thread up.

    Time for those in the know to spill the beans. There is a lot to be done in a short space of time, but it sounds like the leadership team under Gary Flowers have it all under control.

    Details please:
    Playing strip:
    Playing Roster:
    Membership Packages:
    Food and Beverage options at the BBQ:
  2. matty_k Peter Johnson (47)

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    Suggestions for where they should play?
  3. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Given only one of the grounds doesn't have a cricket pitch in the middle of the oval.
    Rat Park.
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  4. Intruder Dave Cowper (27)

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    This team could be rather powerful- possible team list;

    1. Eddie Aholelei (Manly - Rebels)
    2. Luke Holmes (Warringah)
    3. Salesi Manu (Warringah - Force)
    4. Greg Peterson (Manly)
    5. Rory Walton (Norths - Force)
    6. Caydern Neville (Manly - Rebels)
    7. Jordy Reid (Manly - Rebels)
    8. Jordan Smiler (Norths - ACT)
    9. Josh Holmes (Warringah)
    10. Zac Holmes (Norths - Perth)
    11. Cameron Crawford (Norths)
    12. Lalakai Foketi (Manly - Rebels)
    13. Chris Tuatara Morrison (Norths - Perth)
    14. ?
    15. Hamish Angus (Warringah)
  5. AussieDominance Trevor Allan (34)

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    There is talk that if you may only be eligible if you played juniors or colts in the local area (area includes Central Coast as well I think, potentially Newcastle). And also are still playing at one of the four clubs now.
  6. AussieDominance Trevor Allan (34)

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    Saying that the above side would only lose Aholelei, Smiler and Holmes.
  7. Iluvmyfooty Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Would those players contracted to other Super franchises be required to stay and play for the NRC team of that franchise?
  8. Dave Beat Paul McLean (56)

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    From what i've read here - I.e. rebs can pick their ?15, 16, 17 18? players and the others can return. Does that make sense.
  9. Dave Beat Paul McLean (56)

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    14 - Alex Northam
  10. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Ed Gower is much better than Peterson.
    Not sure about either of your centres either.
    Not sure Foketi has done anything to leapfrog Hingano.
    CTM had good form in the SS 2 years ago.
    I would pick Treweek over Angus at 15 as well
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  11. Dave Beat Paul McLean (56)

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    Season is still very raw, i agree with these points. I'm one eyed but;
    Dane Maraki was off the radar last year due to injury, 2012 he tore the house down.
    Matt Lucas is another player not mentioned.
    Holmes & Porecki - different stages of their career but both worthy.
  12. Iluvmyfooty Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    As for the make-up of the teams/squads I suppose it depends on what we want out of it. Is it a competition where winning it is the most important thing and gives some bragging rights. If so then the make-up of teams would be those already identified, tried and experienced grade players. the late 20's to 30 year olds.

    If the competition is to develop players to step up in future to Super and Test level then some thought must be given to selecting a fair sample of 21-25 year olds in your squad and relying on the returning Super players to give experience and mentor these players.

    The team selected above has a good blend of younger players (Northam, Foketi and Hingano) with those that have been given some chance in the past. Poreki would be a good inclusion as a very promising prop and is only 22. Other young players would be Killingsworth from Warringah, Broome from Gordon and Wells and Miller from Norths.

    I for one hope that a fair number of young players are included in the 30 man squad rather than fill it up with the older player
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  13. Dave Beat Paul McLean (56)

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    Some very good young players listed ^^^^^ there ILMF look forward to Shute so they can really stand up.
  14. Stag XV Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Four clubs are in this franchise aren't they? (financially all equal participants too from what I understood)
  15. Stag XV Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Brookvale has been mentioned. Better broadcasting facilities, good lighting, and rectangular.
  16. Dave Beat Paul McLean (56)

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    Pm sent.
    I'd like to see the strongest possible team.
    I'd like to see good development and plans going forward.
    There may have an imbalance of players at the start.

    An example of development plans - have equal colts from each club involved with training and development now.

    The powers to be for North Harbor have been very professional to date, with a bit of luck they are taking that professional approach all the way through to back to back titles.
    The kids on the North Shore, and the Peninsular grow rugby have a winning team to follow and I can see a all club benefiting over time by being involved with a winning rep team.
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  17. hawktrain Ted Thorn (20)

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    Wouldn't Central Coast and Newcastle juniors go to the NSW Country side?
  18. AussieDominance Trevor Allan (34)

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    Yes potentially different ball game if they are playing in Sydney at the moment though.

    I imagine a guy like Dylan Evans who plays in Newcastle and was rock solid for Sydney Uni a few years ago might get a crack in a NSW country side.
  19. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    I would replace Josh Holmes with a Super Rugby player such as Matt Lucas (Manly) or Michael Dowsett (Brumbies/formerly of Norths)...
  20. Stag XV Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Agree, I want to see the NRC and our North Harbour side succeed and remember the great feeling all clubs involved felt when the Rays succeeded in 07.

    We just need to be careful in these early years. I know what you mean about taking a professional approach and trying to leave club loyalty to the side in some instances. But I am a little worried about the potential damage to Gordon's recruitment plans for Colts which needs a couple of good years to get back where it needs to be. If during this fragile stage young players see the other 3 clubs as being an easier path to NRC through each clubs relative representation in the Rays side Gordon will struggle to maintain their momentum.

    In saying that, the proposal to have equal colts numbers from each club would help. I'm just a little worried.
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