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PREPARED: New Phantoms captain Bill Bevan during a match last year. The Phantoms are hoping for a big 2015 season on the field. THE Phantoms are eagerly putting final touches on their game plan for this weekend’s first round of the Southern Inland Rugby Union competition.

It is one of the most anticipated seasons to date for the Phantoms, who have enjoyed a successful off-season, picking up a number of recruits and a new co-coach.

The first grade side has also already had on-field success, winning a number of pre-season matches.

Co-coach Liam Ward said players were keen to take the field.

“Everyone is pretty excited,” he said.

“We started pre-season in the second week of January and we’ve been going hard ever since.

“The boys have been working hard on their fitness and their skills.

“I think their fitness at the moment is up their with any other clubs that we’ve already seen this year during pre-season.

“As a group we are raring to go this weekend.”

The Phantoms will hit the road for their first round match against Ag College.

Ward said his side was prepared to take them on.

“Usually early in the year Ag College and very strong, especially on their home turf,” he said.

“We know they are usually a big team that has quality across the field.

“I think this year we will be able to match them.

“We’ve got quality right across the park.

“Our first grade side has been selected to match it with Ag College.

“I’m confident we can get the job done.”

The match will be the first SIRU game for co-coach Seru Rogo, who joined the Phantoms after leading the Griffith Blacks to a premiership last year.

Ward said the Phantoms had everything in place for what he hopes will be a successful year.

“There’s a lot of positivity amongst the group and also just around the club,” he said.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting onto the field.

“The boys want to put into play what we’ve been working so hard on.

“I think Seru said to them the other night at training ‘you’ve done all of the hard work and now it’s time to reap the benefits’.

“Hopefully that’s what we are able to do this weekend and get our year off to a good start.

“I’m confident in the side we have,”

This year the Phantoms also have a new captain in the form of Bill Bevan.

“We’re confident ‘Bevo’ will do a great job,” Ward said.

“He’s been around the club for a long time.

“We’ve got plenty of faith in him.

“He’s already proven to be a good leader and the boys respect him.”

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