Luxembourg is far from a rugby powerhouse, but Stuart Logier is looking to make his presence felt at CSU.
The Luxembourg international arrived in Wagga on Monday and is set to line up at halfback for the Reddies clash with Albury at Beres Ellwood Oval on Saturday.
Born to a French father and a Scottish mother, Logier has spent of his life in Luxembourg.
He’s part of their national team, a country ranked around 60 in the world who play mostly other European teams, and is looking forward to testing himself in the Southern Inland competition.
The opportunity to travel while playing rugby has led to 25-year-old to Wagga.
He’s not sure what to expect after being thrown into the side.
“I’m really going into the deep end without knowing too much so we will see what happens on the field,” Logier said.
Logier has plenty of versatility in the back line but the halfback role is his preference.
That is where coach Mark Fisher has named him in the side.
However Reddies are still unsure who will line up around him as injury continues to plague them.
Theo Heinjus was named to play at 10 but is expected to miss a month with a medial ligament tear while Bill Boys (quadriceps) is also in doubt.
Baden Power played at five-eighth in last week’s loss to Ag College but is unavailable due to family commitments while Isaac Thompson is set to miss the next six weeks due to work.
Fisher was impressed with Logier at training and hopes he can help lift their back line.
“He’s fitted in pretty well actually at training on Tuesday and Thursday and it will be interesting to see how he goes,” Fisher said.
“He’s got very good ball skills and a great passing game.
“I just hope I can find a back line to run with him.”
CSU took the lead early in the second half against Ag College last week but Fisher was disappointed by how how they finished things off.
He’s looking for a better effort against Albury, who sit one place above them on the ladder.
“The last 20 minutes let us down,” Fisher said.
“Our discipline was a big disappointment for me last weekend and I think that is what let us down.
“We just gave away too many penalties from silly mistakes – not counting the numbers in line outs and being caught offside at the ruck and maul after we spoke about it before the game started and again at half-time.
“The last 20 minutes I think the boys thought they were at a tea party and could just relax and have a good time.”