Pregnancy cuts rugby squad?s playing roster

By RACHAEL BORICH ? ROCKHAMPTON'S Colts women's rugby union team has a growing problem ? literally. The club definitely needs some new faces for the 2006 sea- son with seven club members caught up in a baby boom.

On December 21 Olivia An- derson (half) had a boy, on De- cember 24 Missy (back) had a boy and on January 13 Gail Tucker (utility) also had a baby boy.

Rebecca Ballinger (hooker) is due this month, Kirby Smith (half) is due next month, Ka- trina Hebron (second row) is ex- pecting in April while Kulie Fuller (centre) is due in May.

Newly appointed Colts play- er/coach Libby Pickering needs more players and she's heard all the excuses on why women can't play rugby.

Being tackled is the biggest fear.

"You just jump straight up,'' she said. "A lot of people think wom- en's rugby is a joke, but after they watch a game they'll say, 'that was rugby'.''

Pickering, who first played four years ago and loved it from game one, said it was a very social game.

The team will gather at Nut- ley Field on Sunday from 11am and will train every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm.



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