Terrigal’s Robert Richardson and Joe Taylor have been selected in NSW Country Rugby Union’s tour squad to undertake the USA Development Tour during October and November.
A squad of 26 players and nine officials will participate in the 16 day tour to the west coast of the United States, where they will play four matches against two leading club teams, a regional representative team and a state representative team. NSW Country Rugby Union president Mr Barry Ruddy said: “The tour is a very important part of the Union’s program, as it provides a quality representative pathway for Country based players, officials, coaches and support staff.” “The intention is for a tour of this nature to be undertaken every four years, which would provide players with something to strive and aim for, as the four year period is the normal term for a Country representative player. “The tour is not just for the players, but will provide experience for the coaches and support staff, together with a Country referee who will also participate on the tour.” The 26 players selected to undertake the tour comprise of 17 who are capped Cockatoos, four current Cockatoo Colts and five uncapped senior players who have represented their zones at this year’s Country Championships. Cockatoo coaches Shannon Fraser and Stacey Sykes are pleased with the composition of the touring squad, which has a good cross section of Cockatoo experience, players who have been on the cusp of Cockatoo selection, together with up and coming talent from the Colts.
31 Aug 2014
Terry Woodward, Country