OFF season work has paid dividends for the Hastings Valley Vikings’ Adam McCormack.
The playmaker has been named in the Country representative side for the third year running and has reclaimed his starting position.
Relegated to the bench in last year’s team McCormack fought back well after working hard in the off season and Vikings coach Andrew Kable saying his playmaker had “bulked up”.
“He really worked hard in the off season and put on a bit of size,” he said.
“He was the standout halfback at the Country Championships (on the weekend).”
Kable said the halfback possessed “one of the best passes from the ground I’ve seen”.
“He just reads the game really well,” Kable said.
“And he can play an extra forward role with some very strong defence.
“But apart from that he’s just a great talker on the field and gets behind the boys and motivates them.”
McCormack’s not the only Viking to make the team.
New recruit to the club, Waylon Skipps was also selected and will partner McCormack in the halves.
Kable said one of Skipps’ strengths was being able to cover a number of different
He said the New Zealander was able to fill in anywhere in the
Both will be in action along with the rest of the Vikings outfit in a massive day of rugby at Oxley Oval tomorrow when they take on the Kempsey Cannonballs.
First grade kicks off at 3pm with under 16s, 18s, golden oldies and reserves earlier in the day.