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Greens boss sends out SOS for new rugby talent

By Matt Leslie

Caithness rugby club have issued an urgent call for new talent ahead of the new season.

The Greens kick off their National League Three campaign by welcoming Ardrossan to Millbank on September 7.

However, playing numbers at the Thurso-based side are on the low side with the real risk of them not being able to field a 2nd XV.

Coach George Sutherland said: "As Caithness's rugby pre-season comes to a close, the lack of senior players is highly abundant.

"The club will certainly struggle to field two teams this season, if not one. The lack of recruitment and retention of players has put the club in a very difficult position.

"The seniors are two years from receiving any players from the youth development pathway which puts an immediate strain on the current playing group.

The lack of recruitment and retention of players has put the club in a very difficult position

"Two months of four sessions a week managed to produced a dismal 18 senior players to fulfil the two-match trial against Ross Sutherland last Saturday.

"We struggled in many areas against a well-organised team who play three divisions below.

"The six to eight-week setback of [club captain] Marc Anderson with a broken ankle has added to our already disappointing start.

"With the lack of grass roots and incomers to the community, 2019/20 will prove to be an extremely difficult season.

"The club wishes to extend a massive hand out to the community, to implore all supporters of rugby being played in Caithness to rally behind the Greens in this time of need and aid the club with all its endeavours on and off the field."

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