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Qld Outback do hard yards for clash

23/07/2009 07:25:52 PM Comments (0)

Kick-off for their annual game may not be until Saturday but the Queensland Outback rugby league team can already lay claim to doing the hard yards.

In fact, some players would have travelled more than 2,000km by the time they run out against NSW Outback at Warren, near Dubbo this weekend.

The brother of Queensland Origin prop Matt Scott - backrower Adrian - features in a Maroons Outback pack that have racked up impressive metres just to get to their annual clash with the Blues.

Players from the north-west Queensland mining town of Mount Isa were understandably weary when the team arrived at their Dubbo base on Wednesday.

Mount Isa players boarded a bus on Tuesday and travelled about 1,900km to Charleville to pick up teammates based in south-west Queensland.

From there it was another lazy 800km to Dubbo.

They only have to travel 127km from Dubbo to get to the game at Warren on Saturday.

But Queensland Outback team manager Dave Kerrigan said players - some of whom have put their day jobs on hold for the trip - believed the thrill of pulling on the Maroons jersey more than made up for the horror road trip.

"Some of the players have to camp overnight just to get to their club games so they really don't mind travelling," he said.

NSW Outback won last year's clash 26-20.

Queensland Outback team: Brendan Ballie, Jacob Takurit, Craig Thurston, Jason Fogarty, Dan Chilcott, Zeb Kyle, Shaun Nipperess, Ian Moulds, Ryan Garrels, Martin Taylor, Ben Watt, Adrian Scott, Trent Hoad. Interchange: Quinton Marshel, Jamie Williams, Tim Harlow, William Singleton.

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