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Pictures courtesy of The Newcastle Herald
Newcastle local Lewie Catt has been named amongst the Combined Country starting XV to face the British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle tomorrow, Tuesday 11 June.
From Newcastle’s Wanderers Rugby Club, Catt is the only NSW Country Rugby player in the Combined Country starting fifteen, stepping up alongside eight Super Rugby players, two Queensland Country players and four Sydney Premier Rugby players.
There have been two changes from the 23-man squad named on 1 June with Queensland Reds star, Beau Robinson ruled out following a head clash during last Saturday night’s match between the Reds and the British & Irish Lions.
Robinson’s Reds’ teammate, Jarrad Butler has been named at openside while Sydney Premier Rugby representative, Richard Stanford will run on at blindside flanker.
NSW Country representative, Ben Greentree has also been ruled out due to injury, replaced by Queensland Country Rugby player, Shaun McCarthy.
Queensland Country’s Rory Arnold moves onto the bench to complete the 23-man squad.
The 23-man line-up will be Captained by the Melbourne Rebels’, Tim Davidson as announced by Combined Country Coach, Cam Blades and his coaching staff today.
On the bench for the Combined Country side is one Super Rugby player, five Qld Country players, and two NSW Country players, including Singleton local and Wanderers Rugby Club representative, Dylan Evans, for the match against the Lions.
The match is an opportunity for some of Country Rugby’s best to pit themselves against the best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Fans are being encouraged to dress in the Combined Country colours, blue, orange and black to show their support and counteract the Red of the Lions fans.
The game will provide a unique showcase of Australian Country Rugby during the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour giving the players a rare and exclusive opportunity to face the British & Irish Lions who only Tour Australia once every twelve years.
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The Combined Country starting XV and the eight-man bench for the match against the British & Irish Lions is below:
Sunshine Coast Stingrays
Brumbies - Super Rugby
Premier Rugby - Southern Districts
Southern Districts, Sydney
Force - Super Rugby
Reds - Super Rugby
Premier Rugby - Eastern Suburbs
Eastern Suburbs, Sydney
Gold Coast Breakers
Tim DAVIDSON (Capt)
Rebels - Super Rugby
Sydney University, Sydney
Far North Coast NSW
Premier Rugby - Sydney University
Teachers West, Townsville
Hastings Valley, NSW
Burdekin RUC, QLD
Barron-Trinity Bulls, Cairns
Far North Queensland