Season Preview: Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The Tuggeranong Bushrangers have a new coach and new look playing roster in 2019 as the club aim to go one step better this season.

Having lost their fullback, halves and key forwards, the new faces at the club will need to gel quickly to help the Bushrangers in their finals ambitions.

Jarrad Teka returns to the club to take the reigns from now Monaro U23’s coach Justin Giteau after he spent 2018 with the Yass Magpies.

The experience of former Raider and Sea Eagle second-rower Jarrad Kennedy is a significant boost for the side and Teka will certainly be hoping he is ready to hit the ground running in his return from an ACL injury.

Key Player – Josh Mitchell

Arguably the finest hooker in the competition, Josh Mitchell will carry a lot of the playmaking responsibilities as a new halves combination settles into the side.

The captain assisted plenty of tries last season and is certainly a threat in the opposition’s 20.

His goalkicking also adds a valuable string to his bow and after falling short of the Les McIntyre Medal last year, could be a contender once again in 2019.

Gains and Losses

Gains: Jarrad Kennedy (Mounties), Josh Baker (Queanbeyan Blues), Drury Low (Gungahlin Bulls), Kriton Paletaoga-Eliu, Ngarima Low (Gungahlin Bulls), Jacob McGrath (Yass Magpies), Jayleel Fa’amoe-Iaone (Gungahlin Bulls), Mitchell Day (Queanbeyan Blues), Repiao Jones, Tristan Eldridge (Queanbeyan Blues), Riley Hughes, Maika Burenivalu, Gerry Mana

Losses: Francis Toetu, Noa Vanisi, Matt Dragisic, Matt Gruber, Atu Tupou, David Faaeteete, Nathan Smith, Phaebian Antonio, Jack Heyman, Liam Oakley, Mickael Picker, Blake Murray, Jordan Martin