Union players eager to play

THE start to the rugby union season is rapidly approaching and the Proserpine-Whitsunday Rugby Union Club is looking to fill a strong side this year with potential international recruits on the cards.

Using the hype still surrounding the Rugby World Cup and the local sevens competition last year, president Bruce Spannagle said he was looking to secure a solid first grade line-up. Spannagle will continue as president for the club - a title he has held for the past five out of nine years.

He said he was very loyal to the Raiders club and would this year be using a recruiting agency to attract the attention of players not only across Australia but also internationally.

The Raiders have already received interest from two 19-year-olds from England and a coach from New Zealand. "We still want to maintain a local image," Spannagle said

"We had a core group of eight guys last season but we need more support.

"Our main goal as a club this season is to put a competitive side on the field week in and week out to keep the club alive."

With the junior Raiders showing signs of growth last year, members of the rugby union community have expressed the need for an under 18s competition in Mackay to bridge the gap between the junior and senior competition.

Sign on for the club will be held this Saturday at the Sports Park at 3pm.

Anyone interested that cannot make the sign on day can contact Bruce Spannagle for more information on 4946 4981.


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