Country short of players for semifinal
The Southland Country rugby team may have to pull out of this weekend's South Island interprovincial B competition finals due to lack of numbers.
Country are scheduled to play the Canterbury Colts in a semifinal in Christchurch on Saturday.
The Jeff Clearwater-coached team qualified for the playoffs ahead of Southland Metro and Otago Country, with the Otago development team also going through from the southern competition.
However, work commitments and injuries have left Southland Country short of two front rowers and at least two backs.
Clearwater said the team was going to discuss the situation at training last night and make a decision on whether there were enough players able to travel for the game.
Meanwhile, Southland Metro could be ready to step into the breach, if required.
Coach Damien Pine said it was unclear whether they would be the next team called on if Country withdrew.
Metro and Country finished tied on points after the round robin, with Country advancing courtesy of a win in their head-to-head game.
Metro would wait to see what Country decided before investigating whether they could reassemble a team for the semifinal, Pine said.
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