Englishmen arrive to give boost to Warwick Cowboys
TWO Englishmen and players from Ipswich and Brisbane have boosted the Warwick Cowboys ranks for the 2013 season.
After playing for Wigan in England, Elliott Davies and Declan McLoughlin arrived in Warwick on Tuesday night for a season with the Cowboys.
They will be joined in the team by former Ipswich Jets colts player of the year Zac Pauli and Daniel Byrnes who has played premier rugby in Brisbane.
Three of the new recruits are backs and one is a prop.
Elliott Davies first played in the 20 years and under division (20s) for Widnes at the age of 16 and played four seasons for the club before transferring to Wigan.
A prop, Davies has a best of four tries in a game.
"I like being aggressive and am keen on defending," Davies said.
He heard about the club from 2012 Cowboys player Jack Smith who has now returned to England.
Davies has come to Warwick for the warmer weather and to face a new sporting challenge.
"There was seven inches of snow at home when I flew out on Friday morning," Davies said.
"I am sick of snow, I want a break from the cold weather.
"Maybe one day I might want to play the sport professionally."
McLoughlin has played four seasons for Wigan in the 18s and 20s.
He plays five-eighth, centre and fullback and is happy to kick in general play.
While he is only committed to one season with the Cowboys, McLoughlin said it was possible he may decide to play a second season.
"One of the reasons I have come to Warwick is to improve my footy," he said.
"I have never lived in a small place like this."
Jobs have been arranged for both English players.
Zac Pauli played three seasons for the Ipswich Jets and has signed for the Cowboys for a second time.
"I want to play with my mates in Warwick and have a good time," Pauli said.
A champion schoolboy runner, Pauli won a player of the year award while in the Ipswich Jets colts side.
At age 24, he has the ability to make a real impact for his hometown club. He lives in Ipswich and plans to travel to Warwick for one training session a week.
After playing premier grade rugby union for Northern Eagles in Brisbane, 21-year-old Daniel Byrnes has moved to Warwick to join the Cowboys.
He played one season of junior rugby league with Collegians in Warwick when his family moved to the area.
"I want to play with a few mates and have a change of scenery," Byrnes said.
A-grade coach Ken Coles said it was impressive to drive into Warwick on Tuesday night with the two Eng
lish players and see 20 cars at the Cowboys.
"There were a lot of volunteers cleaning up and it shows the spirit in the club," Coles said.
As has been well documented, 1m water went through the clubhouse on Monday. There was significant damage to facilities but there was little damage to the field.
Training will be held as normal with players to assemble at Risdon Oval, the nearby rugby union field.
Training, 6pm today, Risdon Oval