It will be a new look NRMA NSW Country Cockatoos team which takes on NSW Suburban in the annual clash at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday, 23 May 2015.
In what will be a changing of the guard seventeen players will be making their debut for the Cockatoos in the opening match of the 2015 representative season.
Whilst it will be a new look Cockatoos team which takes to the field, there will be a wealth of experience in the playing ranks, with several key players having previously played premiership rugby, both locally and overseas.
The new look Cockatoos were selected following the Country Championships and is made up of players who performed at the championships, and each come into the team with that form on the board.
NSWCRU Executive Officer Terry Woodward said “whilst there were a large number of new players, this wasn’t unusual for Country Rugby given the nature of the demographics of the Union”. “Players come and go in cycles and this year sees a large turnover, which is due to retirements, transfers, unavailability and non selection due to form” he added.
New NRMA Cockatoos Coach Stacey Sykes said “each of the players selected in the team all earned their spots following strong performances at the Country Championships, and collectively they will form a very strong team”.
The NRMA NSW Country Cockatoos will be looking to extend their winning run over Subbies to three on the trot, and in the process retain the Maher Ross Cup which honours the former presidents of the two unions Laurie Maher (NSWCRU) and Ian Ross (NSWSRU).
Both the Cockatoos and Subbies will go into the match without a run under their belts, but both teams have had strong preparations and the match is sure to go right down to the wire as have the clashes in previous years.