Brahmans name hooker to lead country rugby campaign

By AARON KELLY

PASSIONATE, tough, well liked and loyal ? all attributes the Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans could do with from their on-field enforcer this season.

New Brahmans captain Keith "Irish'' Taylor is all of the above but a whole lot more as well.

Coach Tom Moore has given the inspirational hooker the hon- our of leading the Brahmans in this year's Queensland Country Rugby Union Championships.

The 27-year-old Irishman gets his first chance to call the shots when the Brahmans travel to Mackay to face their arch-rivals in a trial match this weekend.

"This is a big honour,'' Taylor said at Rugby Park yesterday.

"We've got a young squad this year, so the future of Rockhamp- ton rugby is looking good.''

Taylor arrived on the Rock- hampton rugby scene in 2004 af- ter helping his Irish club Water- park break a 59-year drought by winning Ireland's division three premiership.

It was a groundbreaking achievement for the dedicated clubman, who launched his ca- reer in the front-row during his school days at Waterpark.

"I remember a teacher said to me when I was 14 'You're fat, so you're playing hooker. "I've played there ever since,'' said Taylor, who was an inspira- tional member of University's grand final team last season.

The Brahmans kick off their Queensland Country campaign against the Darling Downs in Toowoomba on February 25.



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