Lancaster our sole rep in NSW Country squad

A SELF-PROCLAIMED 'pest' will be Far North Coast's only representative in the NSW Country rugby team this season.

Lismore City halfback Scott Lancaster was the sole player chosen from the FNC competition following the conclusion of the NSW Country Championships which Newcastle won after defeating Illawarra 16-8 last Friday night.

Lancaster, a former Wollongbar junior, was surprised by his selection in the 35-man squad.

"I only found out yesterday (Sunday)," the 27-year-old said.

"I used to play for Wollongbar in Under-15s and Under-19s and I went to Woodlawn.

"Then I joined the Navy (as a technician) but when I moved back up here I bought a house in Lismore."

When asked to describe himself as a player the former Navy National team member was brutally honest.

"I guess I'm just a pest," Lancaster laughed.

"It helps I'm a bit bigger and I can play like a ninth forward even though I've always played in the backs."

Lancaster did enough to impress selectors even though the FNC representative side lost two of its three matches during the second tier NSW Country Championships.

The Dolphins lost on the bell to Western Plains before being comfortably beaten by Richardson Shield winners New England.

FNC finished their campaign by knocking over arch rivals Mid North Coast.

"We didn't have a great run," Lancaster said.

"We probably should have beaten Western Plains but the game against New England was a bit of a flop."

The 35-man Country squad is expected to be trimmed to 22 after a camp on April 12, which is the opening weekend of the Coopers Far North Coast competition.

The Cockatoos will then play a trial match against the ACT at Bruce Stadium on April 19 and a further match against the Sydney Sub-Districts team at the Sydney Football Stadium will follow the next weekend.

The Australian Rugby Shield which is contested between teams from Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, Queensland Country, ACT and NSW Country kicks off on May 10.



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