THE Central West Blue Bulls best get ready for change as the NSW Country Rugby Union is shaking up its representative program for 2019.
After this year’s titles in Warren ended the most recent nine-year cycle of hosts, it’s been confirmed the Country Championships will be held at Tamworth in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The annual event will also revert back to the June long weekend.
After finishing second in this year’s Caldwell Cup, being beaten by Illawarra in the final, Central West is set to face Richardson Shield champions Central Coast in this year’s country week opener.
Central West’s colts were also runners-up in 2018, beaten by a powerful Newcastle-Hunter side in the Rowlands Cup final, but it remains to be seen how many sides will contest the colts division in 2019.
The women’s championship is expected to revert back to a 15-a-side tournament as well just two years after it changed to a sevens format.
The sevens championship is expected to be held separately, and will remain a feeder program for the University of New England’s AON Uni 7s pathway.
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