Group Nine players dominate the Riverina squad for the Country Championships.
Coming off another win in the Kelly Cup in September, there are 19 Group Nine players in the 27-man squad.
Among those are Country representative prop Zac Masters and new Albury recruit Luke Ingram.
Former Wests Tigers assistant coach Jody Rudd will coach the side, replacing Josh Cale.
Rudd returned to Leeton over a decade ago and led the Greens to a premiership in 2007 but hasn’t coached since 2008.
After coaching the Group 20 under 18s he thought it was a good time to get involved.
He’s pleased with the squad assembled.
“We’ve got a big squad so you expect a bit of natural attrition through the summer, and you’ll really find out who is keen and who is not,” Rudd said.
“I’m familiar with the Group 20 players and from what I’ve seen of the Group Nine players at the trials there are some really good signs, particularly with the style of game they play.
“They play very fast and technically they are pretty sound.”
Griffith Waratahs lead the way with six members of their premiership winning side selected.
Southcity and Brothers are the most represented Group Nine clubs with four players each
With this year’s under 23s championships starting in March, the squad will gather in Wagga at 10am on Sunday for their first training run.
It kicks off the summer program with another trial with Victoria under 20s penciled in February before the first round of the Country Championships.
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