New coach names new-look Brahmans
By AARON KELLY
NEW Rockhampton Readymix Brahmans coach Tom Moore is already re-building the foundations for an assault on next year's Queensland Country Championships.
After the Rockhampton and District Rugby Union (RDRU) grand finals last weekend, Moore named a preliminary train-on squad for the Brahmans' 2006 campaign.
Keen rugby fans will notice three major omissions with the Brahmans preparing to enter a re-building phase next season. Queensland Country representatives Joel Johnston, Sean Kearns and Jamie Blyton are unavailable.
However, Moore said he was looking forward to the challenge after coaching the Rockhampton and North Queensland under-19 representative sides during the past three seasons.
"It's time to have a go I guess ? I really enjoy the coaching,'' said Moore, who takes over from the departing Darren Solomons.
The Brahmans made their debut in the strong southern division last year, but a full statewide competition is in the pipeline for next year.
Rockhampton is set to join teams from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darling Downs, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns in a one-round format.
The QRU (Queensland Rugby Union) will announce the newlook competition later this month.
Moore hopes to assemble his train-on squad for the first time in October to begin preparations for next year's championships.
"If we want to be competitive, we have to at least have a fair idea where we're heading by midOctober,'' Moore said.
Newly crowned RDRU premiers Colts have been rewarded for their impressive season, with Phil Benson, Steve Benson, Brett Robson, Daniel Withers, Liam McGarry and league convert Peter McLaughlin all earning selection for the first time.