Rangers raring to go

THERE is no doubt that Queensland pride is on the line when the XXXX Queensland Rangers tackle their southern rivals at Blackwater's Hinricks Oval on Saturday.

Just like the Queensland Origin or Queensland Residents teams, this is State against State at the country level when the maroons line up against New South Wales Country.

One Queensland player who knows what to expect is Cairns hooker Robbie Swain, who made his Rangers debut last year in the Rangers ' 55-22 win in Murwillumbah.

"New South Wales was pretty firey last year and had a bit of size,'' Swain said.

"This level's a lot quicker, but it's easier playing with blokes around you that are a good quality.''

Swain is one of six returning Rangers players from last year, with the remainder now playing in the Queensland Wizard Cup, and said the hardest part was just getting to know team-mates' names.

There are no Central Queenslanders in this year's team with second year Rangers coach Marshall Colwell admitting that if Middlemount centre Chris Gentle had not been carrying an injury he could have retained his place.

New South Wales Country has also arrived in Rockhampton and will train in the city before heading to Blackwater on Saturday morning.

The main game kicks off at 3pm.



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