Howland drums up new football image
BRAD Howland isn't your average front-rower.
Howland, 21, will make his run-on debut at tighthead prop when the Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans take on the Sunshine Coast in the final round of the Queensland Country Rugby Union Championships at Kawana this weekend.
But what makes this 120kg giant the leader of the pack is not his hulking build but his brain.
The mechanical engineering student is in the final year of his five-year degree at CQU.
Howland, who also plays the drums and opted for an engineering degree over law, said he was bucking the old adage that "footballers don't have brains''.
"It's a bit weird ? most of the boys are tradesman or fitters so they give me a bit of stick,'' the young Brahman said in between classes yesterday.
"I've got a job lined-up with Joy Mining and a few of my mates and I from uni are starting to get a band together.''
After playing his first game of rugby for Rockhampton in under-8s, Howland said he was keen to cement a more permanent spot in the Brahmans forward pack in years to come.
"I've learnt a lot ? the game in Townsville was one of the toughest I've ever played.
"(This weekend) I've got another chance to prove myself in the pack .?.?. and smash a few people,'' said Howland, speaking like a true footballer.