Dream for Timaru Titans league team fails to get off the ground

The Timaru Titans rugby league season is over before it kicks off.

Organiser Mat Hayes' dream of a credible team in the Otago premier competition failed to get off the ground after a lack of player support.

Hayes had hoped to start with a new team, fresh approach and a change in direction.

For several seasons the Timaru Warriors had struggled with player depth and Christchurch sides defaulting, rather than travelling to Timaru, in what was largely a social grade.

In December, Hayes had an information meeting and garnished good support, but as time went on the players failed to commit.

Hayes said he had also had support from Otago Rugby League and New Zealand Rugby League, but was not prepared to put a side in that would be embarrassed.

Hayes said a few players also wanted to retain the Warriors name and continue in Christchurch, but Dunedin had many benefits, including better player exposure.

"It is disappointing as I wanted to put something credible together and give young aspiring league players a pathway."

Hayes said they were also keen to build something that would last.

With the league dream gone Hayes has opted to play senior rugby for Old Boys.

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 - The Timaru Herald

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