Rocky trains for Qld Country crown

By AARON KELLY IT'S 5pm on a Sunday and Rockhampton's Rugby Park is full of activity.

The Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans complete their warm-up and move straight into fitness drills ? the pre-season is underway.

The Brahmans are leaving nothing in their tanks in the build-up to next year's revamped Queensland Country Championships.

Rockhampton will join Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs and the Gold Coast in a round-robin series of three home and three away games, with one bye, starting in February.

There are no finals with the top team crowned champions. New Brahmans coach Tom Moore said there was an extra incentive for his players next season, with proof already in the levels of enthusiasm at training.

"Some players have turned up with a really good fitness base this early on,'' Moore said.

"It's always easy to coach when blokes are keen and the boys are very enthusiastic.''

Moore has been impressed with exciting young halfbacks Fraser Booth and Stephen Bruce, who will be asked to stepup in 2006 following the loss of several experienced players.

"We're very lucky to have two quality players of that calibre in that position,'' Moore said.

The Brahmans kick-off their campaign against the Darling Downs on February 25.



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