The Cathedral College players put in the hard yards at their training session in preparation for their Aaron Payne Cup opener on Wednesday. Picture: Jann Houley
The Cathedral College players put in the hard yards at their training session in preparation for their Aaron Payne Cup opener on Wednesday. Picture: Jann Houley

Ex-Capra teams up with TCC for Cup preparation

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Capra Bill Cullen has been lending his experience to The Cathedral College's Aaron Payne Cup preparations.

The 24-year-old is part of the TCC coaching staff and will run the water for the team's opening game against St Patrick's College Mackay on Wednesday at 3.30pm.

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TCC are at home, while St Brendan's College head north to take on Ignatius Park in Mackay at 11.45am.

Cullen was in the thick of the action at the team's final training sessions this week.

The versatile back rower played 54 games for the Capras in the Intrust Super Cup before signing with the Easts Tigers in 2019.

 

Former CQ Capras player Bill Cullen puts TCC players through their paces at a training session on Monday. Picture: Jann Houley
Former CQ Capras player Bill Cullen puts TCC players through their paces at a training session on Monday. Picture: Jann Houley

 

A Calliope Roosters junior, he came through the North Queensland Cowboys NYC system and had a stint with the Canberra Raiders in 2017.

TCC First XIII coach Mick Busby said Cullen was a great asset to the coaching staff and the playing group.

"Bill's fantastic. He has been focusing on defence and technique, and just helps with the general culture of the boys and the way they prepare," he said.

"He was with us last year as well and it's always good to have a fresh voice."

Busby knows his team will have to be at their defensive best against a powerful St Pat's outfit, who booked their place in the Cup with a commanding 40-6 victory over Rockhampton Grammar in last week's qualifier.

"It's a huge task ahead of us because of the front row that St Pat's has got - and their back row's pretty handy too," he said.

"We'll be doing the best we can to try and hold them and stamp our own authority on the match.

"It's going to need a full 60-minute performance; we have to dig in for the whole time."

 

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