Cockatoos half returns
THE reinstatement of St Alberts College utility back Luke Brown on the bench is the only change to the Landmark NSW Country Cockatoos side that takes on the undefeated Perth Gold in tomorrow's crucial round four Telstra Australian Rugby Shield clash in Lismore.
Dropped due to injury for last weekend's 28-all draw against the Landmark Queensland Country Heelers in Narrabri, Brown's return forces out Singleton rookie Daniel Kisi.
Coach Andrew Cox believes he has a battle hardened starting XV from last weekend's thriller, who will be well primed come kick off against the competition leaders.
But Cox isn't taking chances, having scheduled an extra training run when the team assembles in Ballina today.
The match is crucial for the Cockatoos, who will be denied a home final with a loss and could miss the finals altogether if results go against them.
Their next match is against Darwin, in Darwin on June 4. Saturday's match kicks off at Oakes Oval, Lismore at 3pm.
The team is: Angus Baldwin, Andrew Breen, Matt McGregor, Adam Winter, Matt Waterford, Jeff Wilson, Ross Duncan, Darren Dimmock, Josh Darby, Daniel Drew, Leith Cooper, Josh Clift, Kevin Simpson, Francis Fainifo, Matt Panton. Reserves: Tony Sambell, Chris Comerford, Mark Cotter, Paul Creighton, Tim Small, Luke Brown, Tim Carney. Coach: Andrew Cox.