Meeting to fix Brahmans' woes
Come on you Brahmans!
Central Queensland Rugby Union has called a meeting for Sunday and vice-president Keith Taylor says it is not to find out what has gone wrong with the Brahmans this year but how it can be done better next year.
Taylor is passionate about his rugby and well aware that the Thrifty Brahmans are the flagship for CQ – and therefore it is vital for the sport the team is not allowed to sink.
Representative rugby is at a low ebb in CQ at the moment, with the Brahmans' massive loss at Townsville compounded by last Saturday's heavy defeat of the Central Queensland team, containing many Brahmans players, by South Queensland at Toowoomba.
What hurts Taylor, a former Brahmans captain, is that selection to a representative team is no longer seen as an honour by many of the players who have the ability to play at that level.
Taylor said CQRU had not called the meeting to apportion blame.
“This Sunday will be a brain-storming session,” he said.
While the situation is far from being out of control, Taylor believes the rugby people of the region should take ownership of the Brahmans and make it work.
“The future of Central Queensland rugby depends on it,” he said.
Without the Brahmans, or at least a competitive representative team, the code will not only have difficulty in attracting new sponsors, or retaining existing ones, but will also struggle to keep the young players that have become involved with the sport because of the work of development officer Daniel Hooper.
“I want to make sure rugby is still around when my kids are old enough to play,” Taylor said.
The losses suffered by the Brahmans cannot be put down to just one failing. Taylor said coach Frank Busby did a good job in the circumstances but still could not get all of the players behind him.
“The perception was it was a Colts team,” he said.
Taylor said communication was a problem and he put his hand in the air to acknowledge administrators, as well as clubs, could do better.
However, he emphasised again that Sunday's meeting needed to be positive, producing answers for the future rather than questions about the past.
Taylor asked all clubs to send representatives with present and former players, as well as lovers of rugby union, to produce a plan so there was a feeling of pride when wearing a Brahmans jersey.
“We have the calibre of player here to make our representative team competitive,” he said.
“For me being named the Brahmans captain was a real honour.”
The meeting is at noon on Sunday, following the junior trials at Rugby Park.