Priceless addition to Brothers

By DARRYN NUFER

AT THE ripe old age of 32, Adrian Price is proof that where there's a will there's a way.

More than two years after suffering a horrific on-field injury in a Rockhampton and District Rugby Union game, in which he fractured his ankle, tibia and fibula, the representative forward is back playing in the top grade.

Today at Rockhampton's Emmaus College he makes his second run-on appearance for his beloved Brothers A-grade side, against Dawson Valley, since that fateful day in May 2003.

Price got his first crack in the starting side a few weeks ago in the team's heavy loss to University after Jessie Taylor and Lee Anderson were absent due to an under-19 camp.

Until then he had been resigned to finishing his rugby career in reserve grade.

At 122kg Price is the first to admit he is unfit, but his presence adds much in the way of size to an already big pack, not to mention experience.

"I've probably put on 12kg and there's only one bloke older than me in the team,'' he said.

"The average age of the side is about 22.

"But they're a good bunch of guys, they're keen and they're prepared to listen which is good.''

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Price's last match in 2003 ? a career change and the birth of his first child, daughter Audrey (15 weeks).

"I don't really get the time to train as much these days. "This will probably be my last year.''

I'm sure Pricey's girlfriend Rachael has heard that before!

Today's games: Brothers v Dawson Valley (Emmaus College, 3.15pm); Frenchville Pioneers v Colts (Rugby Park, 5.30pm); University bye.



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