Tough call for FNC coach as squad members have to be culled

FAR North Coast rugby union coach Andrew Fraser has plenty of selection headaches ahead of the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth.

The championships are less than two weeks away and Fraser has to cull his squad of 30 down to 25.

"It will be a tough call to make but that's representative footy," Fraser said.

"We've got four more sessions now and we'll be ready to go." The Dolphins played a trial game against the Gold Coast Breakers at Casuarina on Saturday.

They didn't keep score but Fraser was impressed enough with what he saw from his team.

"It was good and exactly what we were after," he said.

"It was fast and physical, No one did their selection chances any harm."

Fraser named youngsters Vincent Quigley and Sam Giltrap along with experienced centre Nigel Marshall as their best.

The Dolphins will play Mid North Coast in the first game at the NSW Country Championships.

A change to the competition format this year means they will only be able to contest the second-tier Richardson Shield.

FNC last won the Richardson Shield in 2010 and finished 7th in 2011 and 2012.

A NSW Country coach was present at the weekend trial game.

"He was impressed with our cohesion which is encouraging," Fraser said.

"I think that highlights the importance of playing trial games against good opposition in the lead-up

"We've fostered that link with the Breakers now and hopefully we can play them every year.



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