RUSH CC

  • Captain: Neil (Pebs) Rock
  • Vice-Captain: Stephen Doheny
  • Players In: Jurie Snyman (pro) JareRd Barnes (YMCA)
  • Players Out: Conor Armstrong (Retired)

One of the most successful clubs in the country, and the benchmark for youth development, will Rush make their mark on the 2019 league in Leinster?

We spoke with former Irish international Allan Eastwood about the forthcoming campaign.

"The main goal for the season is to qualify for the Premier League by finishing in the top four of our group in the League cup," said Eastwood.

"It will by no means be an easy task with some other sides investing heavily but we feel we have a better squad now with the additions of Jurie and Jared and the younger players having a years more experience under their belts.

"We played last season with no overseas professional and this season Jurie will bring ability and experience of playing at a 1st class level to our squad. Jarred is a proven performer in the Northern Unions and with YMCA last season and also brings a lot of knowledge that the younger players can learn from. Both will bring an extra dynamic to our bowling attack.

"While itís difficult to pick out a young player to watch with over half the 1st team squad under the age of 21 and with the calibre of Stephen Doheny and Neil (Pebs) Rock well known. I believe Nathan Maguire will be another to make an impact this season with the experience he gained in South Africa this winter and he has proved with some cameo innings towards the end of last season, that he is capable of doing well at this level.

"The Manager and Coaches this season are once again Darren (Rocky) Rock and Conor (Doc) Armstrong and the players and club are indebted to them for the amount of work and dedication they have put in, in the past couple of seasons with increasing the standard and professionalism which is required."

This could well be the season that the club really comes of age on the Leinster scene.