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Changes Aplenty For Country
After naming an ominously strong squad last week, Country replaced half Berrick Barnes with Brent McConnell on Friday.
Then, following the weekend?s Queensland Wizard Cup fixtures, Daniel Strickland, Brenton Bowen and David Myles were ruled out, while Adam Hayden was placed in some doubt.
Winger Bowen has been called up to the NRL, Myles has an infection in his foot and Strickland is facing a grade 3 dangerous throw charge from the top-of-the table match between North Queensland and Burleigh.
Five-eighth Hayden is being given every chance to show improvement from a hip injury and will be assessed after training with his club tonight.
At this early stage the replacements named are Nick Parfitt, Nick Kenny and Trent Leis, with Parfitt going to fullback and Jason Barsley shifting to the wing.
In particular, backrower Kenny has shown great improvement in recent seasons to climb from university football to the cusp of NRL selection
One change has been made to the XXXX City side, forced by the withdrawal of centre Josh Graham with a sternum injury. Bob Blair moves from the wing to centre, while Aaron Morgan is the new man in jersey number five.
A captivating cultural exchange will then place when a Mixwell Cup representative team from the South East corner takes on a Toyota Outback side full of potential at 12.20pm.
The main game begins at 2pm and will be televised live around Queensland on ABC.
Tickets to the match are $8 for adults, $5 concession and $10 for a family pass which covers two adults and unlimited children. All children under 14 receive free admittance.
Event sponsors are loyal partners XXXX and the BMD Group.
XXXX QUEENSLAND CITY
1. Ryan CULLEN REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 2. Jim AHMAT WYNNUM SEAGULLS 3. Bob BLAIR SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 4. Damien QUINN WYNNUM SEAGULLS 5. Aaron MORGAN NORTHS DEVILS 6. Brandon COSTIN (c) EASTS TIGERS 7. Shane PERRY REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 8. Danny MCALLISTER WYNNUM SEAGULLS 9. Nathan FRIEND NORTHS DEVILS 10. Leigh COGHILL EASTS TIGERS 11. Jamie RUSSO REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 12. Jeremy SMITH NORTHS DEVILS 13. Anthony BOYD NORTHS DEVILS
Coach: Mal Meninga
XXXX QUEENSLAND COUNTRY
1. Nick PARFITT TOOWOOMBA 2. Jason BARSLEY NORTH QLD 3. Balin CUPPLES BURLEIGH BEARS 4. Trent LEIS BURLEIGH BEARS 5. Trent PURDON BURLEIGH BEARS 6. Adam HAYDEN BURLEIGH BEARS 7. Brent McCONNELL NORTH QLD 8. Ali BROWN (c) BURLEIGH BEARS 9. Ryan GUNDRY BURLEIGH BEARS 10. Shane O'FLANAGAN BURLEIGH BEARS 11. Martin GRIESE BURLEIGH BEARS 12. Nick KENNY TOOWOOMBA 13. Neale WYATT TOOWOOMBA
Coach: Chris McEwan
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