Rugby: Newcastle duo rounded up by Stockman for Western Force clash

TOURIST: Wanderers lock Marcus Christensen. Picture: Stewart Hazell
TOURIST: Wanderers lock Marcus Christensen. Picture: Stewart Hazell

WANDERERS lock Marcus Christensen and University hooker Dane Le Rougetel have been selected in the Australian Country Stockman side to take on the Western Force next week.

Christensen toured New Zealand, Chile and Argentina with the Stockman at the end of the last season. This is Le Rougetel’s first call up.

They leave Saturday night, play Western Force Under-20s on Monday and the Force senior squad next Saturday after the Perth first grade grand final.

The majority of the squad is made up players from the country who are playing in Brisbane and Sydney.

“It will be a great experience and a level above anything I’ve done,” said Le Rougetel, who played second grade at Manly before joining the Students.

Christensen is one of five survivors from the South American tour.

“We will be training twice a day and be pretty full-on,” he said.

TOURIST: University hooker Dane Le Rougetel makes a tackle. Picture: Stewart Hazell

TOURIST: University hooker Dane Le Rougetel makes a tackle. Picture: Stewart Hazell

* The inaugural Newcastle under-20 sevens tournament will be held at Marcellin Park on October 20-21. Held in association with the Hawthorne Club and Maitland, organisers hope to attract 24 teams from throughout the state.

* The rugby fraternity were out in number at the funeral of NHRU senior vice president Graham “Sleepy” Cowan on Monday. In a sign of the how much Cowan was appreciated, former Country Rugby chief executive Terry Woodward travelled up from Sydney.

* Wanderers’ finals hopes have suffered a blow with prop Leeland Marshall out for the season after shoulder surgery this week. 

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