Sport

Downs rugby squad named for Queensland Police team clash

Darling Downs players performing training drills at last weekend’s high performance rugby camp at UQ Gatton.
Darling Downs players performing training drills at last weekend’s high performance rugby camp at UQ Gatton.

DARLING Downs will be out to make an early-season impact when they face the Queensland Police team in next Saturday's rugby curtain-raiser at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

The Downs representative team and Queensland Police will meet in the lead-up game to Saturday night's Super Rugby trial clash between the Reds and Auckland Blues.

Coach Andrew Skipper yesterday announced a Downs 23-player squad for its rep season pipe-opener.

Downs officials were left with a difficult task in naming their final line-up following a strong player roll-up at last weekend's Downs Rugby high performance camp at UQ Gatton.

Thirty-six of the Downs most experienced and promising players were put through their pre-season paces during the weekend by Skipper, guest specialist coach Jono Farrell, manager Bill McNaughton, trainer Kate Reardon and physio Mark Brownlie.

"I was very impressed with not only the high level of core skills displayed during the weekend, but also the mindset of the players and the intensity that they trained at," Skipper said.

"I am very excited about the program ahead and the prospect of playing against the police team prior to the Reds match."

Downs Rugby general manager Cameron Donaldson said the numbers and quality of players who committed to the high performance training camp is one of the most encouraging in recent years and augurs well for a promising season.

"It was exciting to watch stalwarts of previous rep teams locking horns with young up-and-coming players," Donaldson said.

"It was clear the competition for places in the team was fierce.

"The only problem coming out of the weekend was having to trim the squad for the police match next Saturday."

Brendan Sexton has been named Darling Downs captain with veteran representative scrum-half Matt Howse vice-captain.
 

Topics:  downs, rugby union




Police and SES crews find missing Boonah woman

Suzanne Coghill is missing, last seen at a property on Hardcastle Rd

60-year-old went missing on Tuesday afternoon

Excellent! Wayne's world is complete on council

VISION: Division 5 councillor Wayne Wendt has big plans for the future of his division and the city.

Ipswich councillor has found his niche

Ipswich fuel cheaper than Brisbane today

A hand holding a petrol bowser putting petrol in a car, Tuesday, October 01, 2013.

Get in fast as prices dip below $1 a litre

Latest deals and offers

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

It's getting very Rude over at the Racehorse

FUNNY: Rodney Rude will be at the Racehorse Hotel.

Australia's top funny man is back

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.