PETER Reaburn, Ron Howell, Fraser Booth, Trent Sullivan and One Matauiau are joining forces to steer the development of rugby union in Central Queensland.
The five Rockhampton rugby enthusiasts form the region's inaugural Regional Development Panel, which will work hand-in-hand with CQ director of rugby Steve Anderson.
The panel is designed to support regional initiatives and the ongoing development of playing talent by managing the development of junior and senior representative coaches, co-ordinating the implementation of development programs for players, conducting coaching updates for local clubs and overseeing the engagement of the Rugby Academy with representative programs.
The development panel will support the work of Anderson by recommending appropriate policies and strategies for the delivery of the Regional Development Plan, with all efforts focused on desired development goals in the plan, incorporating growth, best practice and performance.
An associate professor in exercise and sport sciences, Reaburn is heavily involved in various local sports programs and, as a former rugby student and player, will provide a link to CQUniversity and support the sport science areas of the rugby development program.
With vast experience in rugby as an elite player for Samoa and an accredited level-two coach, Matauiau's role will be one of mentoring and conducting master classes for talented forwards.
Howell will bring 28 years of coaching and playing experience to the panel and will help to develop a program that provides a clear pathway for junior elite rugby players to the senior ranks.
Well-known local junior Booth, who graduated through the playing ranks representing CQ Rugby, brings local experience and knowledge to the panel and a respect from the broader rugby community in CQ.
Booth will act in a specialist role with halves and provide tutelage for specialist kickers.
As the Queensland Rugby Union development officer for CQ, Sullivan has more than 20 years of player experience and is looking to increase participation throughout the region by facilitating junior rugby programs in primary and secondary school rugby competitions, as well as delivering the coach education programs.
He also aims to support the skill level and coach participation in the region.