It's a new team ethos
NEWLY appointed Far North Coast rugby union coach Andrew Fraser will aim to bring new life into the representative team as preparations begin for the NSW Country Championships at Tamworth next year.
He will be joined by Lismore City first-grade coach Will Cotterill as his assistant and will have former NSW Country Cockatoos second-rower Mick Muir as strength and conditioning coach.
Fraser has previously coached Newcastle Hunter and Central North teams at the Country Championships.
"I moved to the area in winter and I don't have any ties to the zone or clubs," Fraser said.
"I probably only know one or two players from past experiences so I don't know yet who's available or unavailable and that's the beauty of what I'm offeringI suppose.
"I don't care who you are or where you come from but if you turn up and make yourself known to us and take the program seriously, then you're every chance of making the 28-man squad.
"I really wanted Will involved and to have someone like Mick who is at the top of his game with strength and conditioningis another bonus."
Fraser takes over from John Jenkins, who spent three years in the job with Dave Arthur and Dave Graham as his assistants.
Highlights from his three years included winning the second-tier Richardson Shield at the Country Championships in 2010 and five players representing the NSW Country Cockatoosin 2011.
Fraser has extended the invitation to every player in any grade to attend training later this month.
"We really want players to nominate themselves, come forward and show their wares to us," Fraser said.
FNC will have a trial game against Mid North Coast in February with another three set down for March.
They will play Brisbane club Souths, the Gold Coast Breakers and Sunnybank with at least two of those games at home.
"We've picked hard trial games because we don't want to set a low benchmark for ourselves and gauge ourselves off that," Fraser said.
The first training session is at Lismore Rugby Park on November 17 at 10.30am with skills sessions including working with a wrestling coach in December.
Former Wallabies skills coaches Scott Wisemantel and Mark Bell will work with the team in January.
Interested players can contact Will Cotterill on 0418-622336 or visit the FNC Rugby Union Facebook page.