Injuries hit before season starts

RUGBY UNION: Yes! Today is the start of the rugby union season.

The Brahmans have been in training since before Christmas but now it’s time to put that training into a match situation as they travel to Blackwater for an encounter with Central Highlands.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” admitted Brahmans coach Jack Lloyd junior.

However, this match has more to do with what the Brahmans can put together on the park as opposed to how the opposition play with the match considered to be a practise game as opposed to a trial.

Even before the Brahmans have packed down competitively the squad has been rocked by the loss of Justin Vakaci and Chris Weeden.

Lloyd had been excited by the number of flankers he had to choose from but with Vakaci succumbing to a back injury and Weeden a knee problem, both injuries likely to keep the players out for the season, the stocks are beginning to thin.

“This is not so much a trial but a chance to put game time into their legs,” Lloyd said.

The squad making the trip to Blackwater reflects the changing of the guard for the Brahmans with senior players like Keith Taylor, Michael Steere, Brad Howland and Jono Bradley rubbing shoulders with a host of young footballers making their way in the sport.

Originally the plan was to start cutting back on squad numbers but natural attrition has meant that is no longer a priority.

“I don’t think we will cut the squad until we start playing,” the coach said.

“Even then I might just pick the team from week-to-week.”

BRAHMANS SQUAD

Brahmans Squad for Central Highlands game:

Aaron Longbottom, Brad Howland, Rob Wood, John Galvin, Tom Hale, Allan Hannah, John Ford, Keith Taylor, Scott McPherson, Jono Bradbury, Stuart Whyte, Riki Matheson, Trent Flynn, Ryan Brownlie, Anthony Pearce, Martin Thompson, Mathew Page, Sam Jones, Joel Saunders, Michael Steere, Bradley Reeves, Lachlan James, Jason Solis, Darren Gibson, Fraser Booth.



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