Super Rugby


Dalgleish and head coach Heenan trade colours

By Hamish Lees

Just over a week ago, University of Queensland flyhalf James Dalgleish claimed his second Queensland Premier Rugby premiership under head coach Mick Heenan.

While some members of UQ’s squad will now be enjoying their off season, Dalgleish and Heenan are back training with McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City.

Dalgleish was glad to be a part of UQ’s 2017 premiership team and will take his premiership experience into the upcoming National Rugby Championship.

“It was a really good experience - I think this year was extra special.

“Over the last two years we have been very good, but last year we ended up falling just short in the final,” Dalgleish said.

After winning four premierships in nine seasons at UQ, Heenan will take over as Brisbane City coach for 2017 NRC.

“It’s been really good to see him announced as the City coach, he’s been my coach a number of years now, and he’s had a lot of success at UQ.

“He has specific structures he likes to use, so it will be interesting to see how that works at the next level,” Dalgleish said.

While Dalgleish has previous NRC experience, he is excited to be training with his club coach and is appreciative of the seamless transition from club footy to NRC.

“I know how he coaches and I know what he wants from me. I think he has a good balance as a coach, he’s very good at managing relationships because he knows when to be harsh and when to not be.

“Now with all the success at UQ, he’s getting the recognition he deserves at the higher level.”

Along with Heenan, Dalgleish will be joined in the Brisbane City squad by UQ teammates Pat Morrey, Moses Sorovi, Alex Horan, and Adam Korczyk,

“It’s great to see a lot of UQ boys in the squad. We all know how each other play the game and the combinations on the field are good.”

Brisbane City’s preparations were interrupted with many of the squad members playing in the Queensland Premier Rugby finals, but Dalgleish believes it’s quickly coming together now.

“Our preparations have been good so far, everyone’s training now and it’s beginning to really take off,” Dalgleish said.

Dalgleish will get a chance to learn of Reds’ playmaker Quade Cooper in Brisbane City colours.

“I’ve spent time with Quade in prior seasons. He really takes the time to help the younger players and he’s been a great teacher for me,” Dalgleish said.

Brisbane City open their campaign this Saturday 2 September, when they host the exciting new additions to the competition the Fijian Drua at Ballymore Stadium.

“It’s been a pretty hard game for us to prepare for. They’re pretty unknown, we know they will be physical and skilful.

“They will probably throw the ball around a bit, so loose ball and counter attacks will be an opportunity for us, but we mainly want to focus on our own game,” Dalgleish said.

Get down to Ballymore this Saturday for the first look at the exciting 2017 instalment of the NRC, the game kicks off at 3pm.

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