Wollongbar’s newest international recruit Tom Job will make his debut for the Pioneers when the season kicks off in April.
Wollongbar’s newest international recruit Tom Job will make his debut for the Pioneers when the season kicks off in April. Jay Cronan

Import lands Job with Wollongbar

THE Wollongbar-Alstonville Rugby Union Club will continue its love affair with English players this season following the arrival of Tom Job.

The 21-year-old hails from Cornwall, England, and finds himself at the club almost by accident after a recent holiday in Byron Bay.

Job joins fellow Englishman Dan Mather and replaces Plymouth five-eighth/fullback Max Venables who played for the Pioneers last season.

"I was over here (Australia) and wanted to play rugby somewhere and just by coincidence I was in Byron Bay," Job said.

"I heard this was a really good club for English people to come to and that was it.

"When they said heaps of English guys had played here it put my mind at ease and I realised it was the club for me."

Fullback Adam Law returns to the club after a two-year stint playing for Withycombe.

Already earmarked to play five-eighth, Job will have big shoes to fill to replace Wollongbar junior Ben Damen who has moved to Brisbane.

Damen played five-eighth in the NSW Country Cockatoos team last year and his talk and slick footwork from the back will be sorely missed this season.

Job has played at the English Schoolboys level in under-16s and 18s.

He also attends Loughborough University which is the top sports university in the country.

The 21-year-old isn't fazed by the expectations and hopes he can add his own style into the mix.

"You just have to go with it and be confident," he said.

"I just want to give it my best shot and if they like me in that position I'll stay there.

"I'm just going to play what's in front of me and I have no real pressure hanging over me.

"My speed will help and I don't mind taking the line on.

"I want to try and develop my rugby and I think it's faster and more backs-oriented over here."

Job also expects to be handed the kicking duties for the Pioneers' first game of the season against the Grafton Redmen at Lyle Park, Wollongbar on April 21.

The club's season launch will be held at the Wollongbar Pioneer Tavern on March 30.



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