MICE AND MEN: Members of the new Southern Cross University Under-15 Gold Mice rugby team meet Justin Harrison
MICE AND MEN: Members of the new Southern Cross University Under-15 Gold Mice rugby team meet Justin Harrison

SCU conducts Gold Mice experiment

By STEVE SPINKS

IT'S apt that a midwifery lecturer has given birth to a new rugby team.

Southern Cross University midwifery lecturer, Colin Pursche, will coach a new SCU Under-15 junior side ? the first junior rugby side at the University.

It's a team that has been more than 30 years in the making.

Under the guidance of former premiership winning player and coach, Colin Pursche, the Gold Mice will play their inaugural season in the Under-15s Far North Coast competition.

"We've talked about it for years," Pursche said.

"Lismore City have got too many players and not everyone gets a run.

"Their president, Bevan Gay, has been very supportive of us because he really wants a second club in the area so there is less travel."

Pursche has been involved with uni rugby for longer than he can remember, but he does remember one former player pretty well.

"I played prop when Justin (Harrison ? current Wallaby second-rower) was here in 1993," he said.

"I taught him everything he knows, which took about five minutes.

"I remember trying to look after him because he was a young bloke and other teams would target him.

"He's chuffed we're setting up the juniors. he thought it was a great idea."

With Pursche's experience with Harrison in mind, the affable coach has guaranteed any new Gold Mice members that they will eventually play for the Wallabies.

Pursche also dismissed claims the Gold Mice may not be biologically correct considering the seniors are called the Gold Rats.

"Biology doesn't matter," he said, which is a bit scary considering his occupation.

But there was little choice to call them anything else as the Under-19s side already runs by the moniker of the Baby Rats.

Already the team is taking shape with Pursche's son Lachlan signing on.

Current Gold Rats first grade coach Matt Want's son, Taylor Willot, will also play.

The team will be based at the uni and trains on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm.

The new side's first hit-out will be at the Casino 10s tournament on April 3.

Anyone interested in joining the side is asked to contact Pursche at home on 6663 1488 or at work on 6620 3992.



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