Camels re-start their training

The Cobar Camels Rugby Union Club has recommenced training in preparation for a July kick off of their Western Plains Rugby Union 2020 season.

Club president Jarrod Marsden said while a resumption date has not been confirmed the zone is hopeful of a mid-July start.

“Rugby Australia is following the community sports guidelines and once an all clear is given there will be a phone hook up of all the clubs presidents to talk about what season we could have,” Marsden said.

The Camels players started working off their ‘Corona bellies’ at training last week.

With COVID-19 health guidelines only allowing for a maximum of 10 people to train in one group, the Camels have split themselves into two training squads with their backs and forwards training at opposite ends of the field.

Marsden has put forward a re-worked nine round competition proposal to the zone, with three weeks of finals which would see the season finish at the end of September.

“With eight teams in the competition this would be a full round of home/away plus two games which we propose would be against towns closest by geography (so Cobar would play Bourke and Nyngan twice),” he said.

“It will be interesting to see the other clubs thoughts as basically all other towns in our zone are farming/cropping based towns.

“With the first wet year in a long time, playing rugby into late September might be low on the priority list,” Marsden said.