French import joins Capras ranks for round 15
THE Central Queensland Capras may boast a touch of French football flair when they take to the field this weekend with Charles Bouzinac poised to make his debut.
The 22-year-old hooker recently ditched the vineyards of Lézignan-Corbières, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, for a shot at the Queensland Intrust Super Cup with the Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras.
Bouzinac is expected to get his first taste of ISC rugby league when the Capras take on Norths Devils at Bundaberg’s Salter Oval on Saturday night.
The international recruit had his introduction to the Australian rugby league last weekend when he debuted in the local league playing for Norths Chargers.
Capras coach KimWilliams was so pleased with his performance he brought him into the CQ squad of 20 - all vying for a spot in the Bundaberg game.
“He was recommended to us by GuyWilliams who has been playing over in France and is a former captain and veteran player,” Williams said.
“Their season ended about two weeks ago. Charles is a quality player. He played for the French national under-17 and under-19 teams as captain and represented the French under-25 team this year so he has quality and is a good defender.”
Coming off the back of a narrow win over northern rivals Mackay Cutters last weekend, the Capras side should be buoyed by self-confidence heading into their second encounter with the Devils this season.
The last time these two teams met, back in round two, Norths Devils up-staged the Capras at Browne Park to secure a 32-24 victory.
The Capras will certainly be keeping an eye on Devils halfback Todd Murphy who secured a hat-trick of tries in the last encounter.
Murphy also had a perfect night off the boot, converting five tries and kicking a late penalty goal.
Sitting in 12th place on the ladder and coming off the back of a two-point loss to Ipswich Jets on their home turf last round, the Devils will be out to redeem themselves.
But with a parochial Bundaberg crowd of CQ supporters backing them, the Capras will make the Devils work hard on the paddock.
Last week’s win saw the Capras scrape themselves back into eighth place on the ISC ladder and another win could see them into in the top six.
Capras v Norths Devils at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday at 6pm.
Reece Baker, Junior Kirisome, Brandon Manase, Justin Tavae, Adam Henry, Maipele Morseu, Matt Minto, Gavin Hiscox, Josh Mitchell, Peter Gallen, Vic Halfpenny, Bill Cullen, Samson Graham, Aleki Falepaini, Chanel Seigafo, Ayden Cooper, Mark Johnstone, Tarrant Mariner, Liam Pickersgill and Charles Bouzinac.
NEW RECRUIT: French recruit Charles Bouzinac watches on as the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras take on Mackay Cutters.