Shuker to captain Aust title assault in touch football

By AARON KELLY

THE competitive juices are flowing again for Gavin Shuker.

Rockhampton's leading touch football player leaves Australia on Sunday for the All Nations Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Shuker, 33, will join the Aus- tralian open men's team out to defend its title as the top touch nation in the world.

Shuker's latest international assignment is extra special ? he will captain the Australian side for the first time.

"It just shows that you can be from the country and still make it,'' Shuker said.

Shuker first represented Aus- tralia in 1997, joining the na- tional mixed team for five years, before breaking into the open men's squad in 2001 and tasted World Cup glory in 2003.

Shuker said the Kiwis' natu- ral attacking flair made them the team to beat when play starts next Wednesday.

"There's a lot of players over there like Benji (Marshall) with a lot of natural talent.''

The Central Queensland rep- resentation does not stop there.

Rockhampton's Tammy House (women's over-35s), Em- erald's Matt Barclay (men's over-30s) and former Rock- hampton player Justin Mitchell (mixed open), now based in Brisbane, will join Australia's largest ever touring party.



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