READY TO WIN: Warwick Water Rats co-coaches Brad Johnson and Richard Sims with president Neil McCosker in the run-up to the 2015 season.
READY TO WIN: Warwick Water Rats co-coaches Brad Johnson and Richard Sims with president Neil McCosker in the run-up to the 2015 season. Gerard Walsh

Rats raring to go for 2015 season

RICHARD "Kiwi" Sims has no doubt the Warwick Water Rats will have a better season in 2015 after instituting a "brains trust"structure at the club.

Sims and Brad Johnson are the joint coaches with club president Neil McCosker backing them to the hilt.

"At the end of the day, not all players will relate to one coach and decision making is more democratic with two or three rather than one," Sims said.

Sims played at Havelock North in New Zealand before moving to Australia 20 years ago and playing for the Redlacks Mud Crabs.

He is in his third season at hooker for the Water Rats.

Flanker Johnson was 2014 player of the year in his fourth season with Warwick after moving to Allora in his job as a school teacher.

"We want to attract new players to the club who have the right attitude to life and sport," Johnson said.

"The Water Rats are a Darling Downs foundation club and we want to be known as the club which does things right on and off the field.

"The aim will be to do a lot of work on scrums, mauls and lineouts to improve our situational experience."

McCosker said the club was delighted with the draw for B-grade next season.

"We are now playing on the same program as St George A-grade so that means we will play against a genuine B-grade side each week," he said.

"For the past two seasons, we have often been the only game and some opponents used players from higher grades against our one team."

Warwick has a bye in round 1 and will play Dalby at home on April 18.

In the 2015 season, Warwick has eight home games, three of which will be at St George as curtain-raisers to A-grade.

"St George will play one A-grade game in Warwick," he said.

"There will be three games some days as we plan to re-start Golden Oldies."

The Water Rats will have a sign-on day on January 16 at Risdon Oval at 5.30pm while training starts on Thursday, February 5 at 6pm.

Fundraising events are planned in 2015.

Prospective players, club members or sponsors welcome to call Johnson on 0403 348 738 or Sims on 0400 922 297

Training goals

1 Fitness

2 Basic skills

3 Situational experience



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