NRC Round Two: Sydney Rays to kickstart 2017 season with home NSW derby


8/09/2017



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The Sydney Rays have named their first lineup of the season as they prepare to take on a standout Greater Sydney Rams this Sunday as the finisher for a huge weekend of rugby at Macquarie University.

Now under the guise of former Wallaby Julian Huxley, the Rays were semi-finalists in 2016 before getting pipped by current NRC champions, Perth Spirit.

Equipped with a new-look side, the Rays are captained by NSW Waratah hooker Damien Fitzpatrick

NSW Waratahs hooker Damien Fitzpatrick will skipper a new-look Rays side that hosts a cocktail of emerging club, Super Rugby, young and old talent.

Up front, Fitzpatrick is sandwiched between Manly’s Sio Tatola and Two-Blue/NSW Waratah debutant David Lolohea, which will go up against an all-Eastwood front row in Jed Gillespie, Tahs hooker Hugh Roach and Rob Lagudi.

Greater Sydney’s Albert Tuisue was a force to be reckoned with last Sunday against the Eagles and will no doubt cause plenty of headaches come Sunday afternoon.

Rams captain Jed Holloway set the precendent for his side’s defence in round one, while his opposite number Hugh Sinclair too has a reputation for his physicality.

In the halves, young halfback Matt Gonzalez has earnt a start for the Rams and will pair with NSW Waratahs flyhalf Mack Mason. Together, they will face Norths’ Nick Duffy and Manly’s Sam Lane whose combination is yet to be tested. However, if their performances in Shute Shield were enough of an indicator then Rays fans will know they are in good hands.

If the matchups above weren’t enough, NSW flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro will face off against Gordon’s excitement machine and top try scorer for 2017, Paula Balekana.

For the first time this year, brothers Latu and Apolosi Latunipulu will play side by side in the Sydney jumper after playing against each other several times during the Shute Shield season.

Make sure you are down at Macquarie University for the second NSW derby of the 2017 NRC season, because there’s going to be (theoretical) fireworks.

You can catch the Sydney Rays and the Greater Sydney Rams in action at Macquarie University this Sunday, September 10th at 3pm.

 

 

Sydney Rays

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Greater Sydney Rams

Sio Tatola

1

Jed Gillespie

Damien Fitzpatrick ©

2

Hugh Roach

David Lolohea

3

Rob Lagudi

Angus Ryan

4

Adrian Hall

Dave McDuling

5

Albert Tuisue

Conor Vest

6

Katoni Ale

Tom Connor

7

David Hickey

Hugh Sinclair

8

Jed Holloway ©

Nick Duffy

9

Matt Gonzalez

Sam Lane

10

Mack Mason

Latu Latunipulu

11

Taqele Naiyaravoro

Rohan Saifoloi

12

Kevin Fuavao

Apo Latunipulu

13

Dennis Pili-Gaitau

Paula Balekana

14

John Grant

Josh Turner

15

Stu Dunbar

 

RESERVES

 

James Hilterbrand

16

Andrew Tuala

Richie Vaihu

17

Mokani Fuavao

Sonny Satuala

18

Conor Young

Alex Perez

19

Fergus Lee-Warner

Bruce Kaino

20

Tevita Piukala

Jack Grant

21

Daniel Calavassy

Angus Sinclair

22

Jai Ayoub

Harry Burey

23

Ben Cotton

 



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