GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Rampaging Redmen prop James Towns will use his ruthless aggression and strong presence on field against the Coffs Snappers this weekend to book the Grafton side a place in the grand final.
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Rampaging Redmen prop James Towns will use his ruthless aggression and strong presence on field against the Coffs Snappers this weekend to book the Grafton side a place in the grand final.

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RUGBY UNION: Rugby is filled with larger than life characters and none more so than Grafton Redmen second-grade front-rower James Towns.

Dubbed the "Big Man from Nymboida" or just simply "Townsy" to his teammates, Towns has been an integral part of Grafton's bid for a second-grade premiership this season.

Off the field Towns is renowned for providing plenty of comedy relief with his razor-sharp wit. But it's on the field where the Henwoods' second-grade prop has received glowing comments from his coach.

"Townsy's very deceptive and gets around the park quite well for his size," Redmen coach Guy Robertson said during the week.

"His scrummaging is outstanding and he's highly competitive. Townsy's talk on the field is fantastic and he has that level of aggression we'll need to take into the game against Coffs on Saturday."

The Redmen have one final tilt at a grand final appearance when they take on arch-rivals Coffs Snappers at Tom Jung Quarries Rugby Park on Saturday.

Coffs Snappers, who made a late run to gain a finals berth, defeated Grafton 19-10 last time they met and will be buoyed by a parochial home crowd.

Grafton are expected to field a near full- strength side for Saturday afternoon's match-up against Snappers. However the loss of in-form flanker Ed McGrath is a huge blow.

"Ed has to work away and we'll certainly miss him. But in saying that we've got the depth to cover him," Robertson said.

"I believe we have the cattle to defeat Coffs and I think our backline is the best it's looked for years, which could be an advantage.

"Coffs have improved their performances in the second-half of the season and it's no surprise they have reached the final.

"The game will hopefully add a bit more to the Grafton-Coffs rivalry."

There will be a bus leaving the Jacaranda Hotel for players and supporters at 11am.



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