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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

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Matakanui Combined Rugby Football Club members are making progress in their attempt to bring back a senior side to the competition next season.

The club’s senior team withdrew from this year’s competition, just weeks into the season, due to a lack of players. Injuries prevented some players from committing.

Since the decision, club officials, players and supporters have attended several meetings to determine how to ensure a senior team is retained in future.

The most recent meeting, hosted at the club rooms in Omakau last week, was attended by about 25 people.

Club president Andrew Paterson said the response had been “positive”.

He said people keen to coach were among those who had attended the meetings along with “a few new faces”.

“We had some more constructive ideas come out – some suggestions on things we can do,” he said, after last week’s meeting.

“Since the first meeting, we’ve had a number of meetings with the Otago Rugby Union .. and come up with a plan going forward for coaching development and player recruitment.”

Part of that plan was to put coaches through a training course with the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand.

“We’ve identified people that have shown an interest in the past in being coached to coach, so to speak.

“We’ve got six to eight people keen to go down that track.”

The club’s next step was to host a get-together with sponsors, members and interested players at the clubrooms on July 27 at 6pm.

Another meeting will also be held at the clubrooms on August 5 at 7.30pm, mainly to discuss player recruitment and coaches.

“Once again, everyone is invited to come along and contribute to the meeting.”