Far North Coast player Brett Johnston smashes into Central Coast players during the game at Crozier Oval in Lismore.
Far North Coast player Brett Johnston smashes into Central Coast players during the game at Crozier Oval in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

No chance of a Liddle rest

FAR North Coast rugby union front-rower Matt Liddle doesn't know the meaning of the word rest.

The 28-year-old recently returned from a stint playing for Navan Rugby Football Club, north of Dublin, Ireland.

And today Liddle will line-up for the FNC Dolphins when they take on New England at the NSW Country Rugby Union Championships at Kanwal on the Central Coast.

"I'm tired, but you just have to keep going and not think about it," Liddle said.

"I had a ball in Ireland; they were bigger boys over there but it was a similar style.

"The heat back here has been tough and we'll have to try a bit harder this weekend."

They Dolphins will contest the second-tier Richardson Shield after an opening round 33-15 defeat against Central Coast in Lismore last weekend knocked them out of contention for the prestigious Caldwell Cup.

They will have to do it without prop Adam Thomas and flanker Joel McMahon who will both miss the game with work commitments.

Dolphins captain Jeff Wilson believes they have a difficult task first up against New England.

"They're a young side and they have some strong ball runners," Wilson said.

"We're definitely aiming to win the Richardson Shield and we'll be disappointed if we don't.

"We're not there to make up the numbers and finishing seventh was rock-bottom for us last year."

Meanwhile, FNC Colts win against Central Coast last weekend puts them in the top draw for the first time in the Colts Championship against Newcastle Hunter.

They won the second-tier Colts Plate in Lismore last year.



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