Thomsen jumps ship to reunite with Cossacks

FORMER Yamba Buccaneers captain Kris Thomsen is ready to make good on a promise he made more than a decade ago.

He is making the jump across the mouth of the Clarence to return to his former side Iluka Cossacks as they attempt a triumphant return to Far North Coast Rugby Union.

"My original playing days all happened in Iluka," Thomsen said. "I played a grand final of third grade for the Cossacks at the turn of the century.

"But I was told by representative coaches I needed to be playing first grade rugby so it was just natural to make the switch to play for my hometown of Yamba.

"I always promised the Iluka boys when I left that one day I would come back and don the kit once more - this is just making good on that promise."

The Iluka side, which has been out of competitive rugby for more than a season, still has a core group of players willing to return to the fold this season, which Thomsen wants to build around.

"I was considering taking on the coaching role but time constraints have gotten in the way of that," he said. "I will most likely take over the captaincy but we are just trying to find a few guys to get on board with the team.

"It goes without saying that getting the team up and running again would be great, not only for the rugby players, not only for the town of Iluka, but for the local community at large.

"Iluka really proves that smaller towns can compete with the bigger cities."

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