WORK commitments have thwarted plans for the Thrifty Brahmans to have a hitout on Friday night with the inter-squad trial game canned.
Nevertheless coach Steve Anderson is happy with preparations for the season with the players using Friday night as a "full-on" training session.
"I am very happy with the squad," he said.
"They have put in four hours a week in two sessions plus going to their club training."
So far there has only been defections by players who have had a change to their work pattern and are no longer able to commit to the team.
Both Steve Priddle and Julian Hill fall into that category while a major loss for the Brahmans is forward Tom Hale who has moved to the south-west of the state.
"It's a real shame as Tom was going really well," Anderson said.
Hale also had the advantage of providing experience in the Brahmans pack and it's a factor that will be missed.
The first test for the squad comes at the weekend when they travel north to face Mackay.
Recent rain is likely to make the game a forward battle but, with the score irrelevant, it might encourage the two teams to be more open than if competition points were on the agenda.
"I'm looking at taking about 30 players," the coach said.
Two who are unlikely to make the trip are Ryan Beetson, who is nursing a broken toe, and Fraser Booth who is suffering a slight hamstring injury.
"They could play but it's likely we'll rest them," he said.
With this being the first big test, Anderson said players were keen to get on the park to play rugby.
The younger members of the squad have impressed in training, but Saturday will show if they are ready to make the grade.
"Until I see players in a match it is difficult to say which of the players are ready to be named in a Brahmans team," he said.
"Lachlan Campbell and a few of the other kids have done well so far."
Anderson said he was working out who he will take to Mackay and plans to name the players today.
CQ Rugby Union AGM
It looks as if it could be a healthy season off the park for rugby union in the district with Sunday's annual meeting of the CQ Rugby Union electing a strong committee to govern the sport.
In a positive move, a full-time administrator has been employed.
Brian Auld, who had been a member of the CQRU management committee, takes on the position with one of his key roles to support clubs with sponsorships and gaining grants through the government agencies.
Ian Coombe remains at the helm with Keith Taylor and Jack Wright sharing the responsibility of vice-president.
Roger Desailly joins the committee and is the new treasurer while Melina Clancy remains secretary. Jeff Ballinger of Colts and Rob Young are committee members.
The search is on for a replacement CQ development officer as Daniel Hooper has been promoted to a management role and is no longer based in Rockhampton.
The position is a Queensland Rugby Union appointment.