Strength in numbers
THRIFTY Brahmans coach Steve Anderson has named two strong squads to take to Mackay for a trial game this weekend.
One of the players of interest is flanker Lachlan Campbell whose progress in the ranks of rugby union has been little short of phenomenal.
"He's a former The Cathedral College boy," Brahmans assistant coach Jack Wright said.
"He played a bit of rugby league through school."
Campbell was selected as a 17 and 18-year-old for the Brahmans under-19 team and impressed enough to gain selection in the Queensland Country team, for his age group, against City last season.
Not only did he gain selection, he was also named by Reds coach Ewen McKenzie as the player of that match.
This year he has been selected for the Brahmans seniors and named in Squad A (first half) as a flanker for the match at Mackay.
Wright knows more than most about the potential of Campbell as the youngster was an integral part of his Dawson Valley Drovers team last year.
"He plays well above his weight. He plays like he is 10kg heavier," he said.
"He is very mobile, good in the lineout and defends well."
Wright is in no doubt Campbell is ready to make the step up to senior representative football even though he is still on a learning curve.
"The one thing he has to do is get more miles in his legs," he said.
The only way that can happen is if the player keeps performing and learning from the squad's senior playing group.
Wright, whose main role with the Brahmans is coaching the forwards, is also excited that his club side has 10 players named to travel to Mackay.
"We have provided a pretty good mix of players," he said.
The return of Ash Kirk is a big boost to the Brahmans as not only is he a fine player, he also has the experience, along with Jono Bradbury, of playing in the senior Queensland Country team.
Cory Hibble is another Drover who has recently returned and he has gained selection at hooker while Nick Ein is named in Squad B as a lock.
"Lurch (Ein) is coming along very well," Wright said.
The 2012 Brahmans, Wright believes, should go well with Anderson's style of coaching attracting players to the representative squad.
"This year there has been a culture change. He has been well received by all the players," he said.
"With the Brahmans playing quality attacking rugby, it should bring crowds back to Rugby Park."
Squad A: 15 David West, 14 Cam Doherty, 13 Rudolph Wenzel, 12 Mick Chaplain, 11 Levi Thompson, 10 Matiu Haereroa, 9 Ben Booth, 8 Izak Holmes, 7 Lachlan Campbell, 6 Brett Parker (Zac Rodda), 5 Jono Bradbury (Josh Bolck), 4 Ryan Palfrey, 3 Brad Howland, 2 Cory Hibble, 1 Adrian Osbourne.
Squad B: 15 Ryan Beetson, 14 Mitch McDouall, 13 Ash Kirk, 12 Fraser Booth, 11 Ben Kelso, 10 Lee Anderson, 9 Aubre Harmse, 8 Chris Dawson, 7 Eamon Chapman, 6 Angus Creedon (Zac Rodda), 5 Nick Ein (Josh Bolck), 4 Andrew Hanrahan, 3 Aaron Longbottom, 2 Tom Nobbs, 1 Greg Barton.