Camels won’t be pulling on the boots

The Cobar Camels don’t look like they will be pulling on their rugby boots this season with the Cobar club pulling out of the 2020 Western Plains Rugby Union competition.

Club president Jarrod Marsden said feedback from the Camels’ coaches was that they had only received a firm commitment from 12 players this season.

“Seven of those were on one side of the 7/7 mine roster,” Marsden said.

“We had a few maybe’ and some of the Roosters indicated they would play when they could, but it wasn’t enough to put a team into this year’s competition so I made the call for us not to play as a stand alone club.”

Marsden said since the decision a number of players have told him they would still like to play this season.

“So we have opened the door to negotiating with Nyngan for either our players to play with them, or some sort of hybrid side (the Hermidale Billy Goats).”

Marsden said some players also expressed concern and frustration that they didn’t feel they were consulted.

He called a players and committee forum to answer those concerns.

“As for the future, we will need to start fresh in 2021 with recruitment and retention the top priority to putting a squad together on the field,” Marsden said.

“Off the field we will also need to ensure our relationships with sponsors is maintained and enhanced post Coronavirus.”