Newly appointed Wests Magpies Canterbury Cup Coach Wayne ‘Snoopy’ Collins has shared his thoughts on the upcoming season.
There is a brand new squad assembled made up of youthful 2nd tier players. Injuries pending, Wests Magpies Canterbury Cup will also field various Wests Tigers Top 30 contracted NRL players not selected for First Grade on a regular basis.
Unlike Brett Hodgson, who previously juggled both Canterbury Cup Coach & NRL Assistant coach roles, Wayne will be focused solely on the Canterbury Cup team. He will be assisted by Jason ‘Tank’ Peterson.
Both Wayne and Jason come to the Magpies with vast experience in coaching of U/20s and Reserve Grade teams at various NRL & NSWRL Clubs.
Wayne is well connected to Wests Tigers First Grade Coach Michael Maguire working together previously at South Sydney and was instrumental in getting Wayne over to the Magpies.
The Canterbury Cup (Reserve Grade) charter is to provide a team structure for NRL players to fall back to and ensure they remain active and prove themselves in the games 2nd tier competition. It also provides up and coming players experience in a senior level of Rugby League, with opportunities to be promoted to First Grade.
Participation in Canterbury Cup allows 1908 Foundation clubs such as Wests Magpies and others like Newtown and Norths to showcase their rich history and heritage. Playing at both traditional suburban grounds to curtain raisers for NRL at Stadiums. The Magpies will be celebrating such in our 112th year.
Wayne resides in the Macarthur region and is familiar with the Magpies stand in the game past and present.
He looks forward to seeing the Wests Magpies supporters out in Numbers to all games cheering on the boys and even joining in the “We are the Boys from Western Suburbs” victory chant in the sheds.
Left - New Magpies CCNSW Assistant Coach Jason Peterson, Centre - Magpies CCNSW Coach Wayne Collins with WSDRLFC Chairman Mick Liubinskas