NRC: Rays to build on Shute Shield success in NRC

by Marty Cambridge

A Shute Shield winning combination will get first opportunity in the midfield for the Sydney Rays in the Buildcorp NRC.

Northern Suburbs pair Angus Sinclair and Irae Simone will line-up at 10 and 12 respectively for the side coached by Simon Cron, who is hopeful of transferring the Shute Shield success he had with Norths into NRC triumph.

“We’ve gone with a lot of combinations from our clubs at this stage of the season,” Cron said.

“We got through a lot at the camp at Macquarie but we’ve only had a reasonably short period of time together, but in that time we have achieved a lot.

Coach Simon Cron (left) hopes to transfer the Northern Suburbs success into NRC triumph with the Rays. Photo: Karen Watson

“Angus and Irae have played a lot of footy together and we’re all confident in the way that they run the game.

“Everyone is keen to get on the field and play some rugby.”

NSW Waratahs deputy scrumhalf and Rays skipper for 2016, Matt Lucas, will join Sinclair in the halves, in a side that will feature representatives from no less than six Shute Shield clubs.

The Rays season opener is against state rivals Western Sydney Rams on Sunday at 1:00pm at North Sydney Oval. All the action for season three of the Buildcorp NRC will be live on Fox Sports.


Sydney Rays side

1. Rory O'Connor

2. Damien Fitzpatrick

3. Angus Ta'Avao

4. Connor Vest

5. James Brown

6. Jack Dempsey

7. William Miller

8. Hugh Sinclair

9. Matt Lucas

10. Angus Sinclair

11. Harry Jones

12. Irae Simone

13. Sebastian Wileman

14. Richard Woolf

15.Jonathon Malo


16. James Hilterbrand

17. Ezra Luxton

18. Lawrance Hunting

19. Angus Ryan/Adrian Hall

20. Harrison Bergelin/Michael Smith

21. Dewet Roos

22. Samuel Lane

23. Tyson Davis