FRESH FACE: Ken Dobson is looking forward to a great season with the CQ Brahmans after being appointed the under-19 CQ head coach.
FRESH FACE: Ken Dobson is looking forward to a great season with the CQ Brahmans after being appointed the under-19 CQ head coach. Mike Richards

Dobson takes the reins for CQ U19

KEN Dobson and Glenn Dodds are set to bolster the Brahmans' ranks in 2015.

Central Queensland Brahmans Rugby Union continues to build a strong foundation of coaches, support staff and players ahead of the 2015 rugby season with Dobson and Dodds appointed respectively as the under-19 CQ Brahmans head coach and as a regional development panel member.

Dobson adds international flavour to the CQ rugby ranks through a successful coaching stint with the Sasebo Rugby Club in Japan from 2011-13 where he helped lead the Sasebo side to Nagaski Perfectual Champions Trophy honours.

While he has plenty of coaching experience under his belt, Dobson is also known for his expertise on the field, having also played for Sasebo and guided the side to various successes in sevens tournaments.

Dobson has spent the past two years occupying various representative coaching roles back on Aussie soil, including assisting this year's under-16 Queensland Country squad at the Queensland Junior Championships.

On the local scene, significantly Dobson guided the Gladstone senior team to the minor premiership and runners-up position in this year's Thrifty Senior Rugby Competition. Dobson is also the current Queensland Rugby Union Participation and Recruitment manager for CQ and is based in Gladstone.

CQ director of rugby Steve Anderson said Dobson's appointment to the under-19 coaching role would hugely benefit the region. "Ken's role as under-19 coach is a significant appointment for CQ Rugby in terms of our current youth programs," Anderson said. "His role is fundamental in terms of guiding our players to high representative honours at Queensland Country levels and potentially to state and national opportunities.

"Ken will work alongside recently appointed senior head coach Onematauiau with player development central to his remit."

Anderson was also excited about Dodds' appointment as a member of the CQ Rugby Regional Development Panel.

"We are very happy to accept Glen's experience to our panel. Glen offers invaluable skills as both a coach and mentor, having worked in many challenging and varied environments that only adds to the overall panel's expertise," Anderson said. "Glen will assist our under-age program, initially acting as under-19 assistant coach to Ken Dobson.

"Both occupy senior first-grade coaching positions locally and this experience will be invaluable to our young players."

Dodds, a Queensland Country Schoolboys graduate, brings a strong playing and coaching history at various levels of the game, Including guiding Capricornia Coast from a winning reserve grade club (2013) to entry into the Thrifty Brahmans first grade competition in 2014.

"My aim is to contribute to existing programs and refine representative programs with a view to cementing our union as a force," he said.



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