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By Tania Phillips

It is time to pack down the scrum and mark out the oblong field, the Charles Sturt University CSU Mud Dogs are here.
The Thurgoona-based team is set to join the Murray Cup Rugby league competition, joining teams from Albury, Wodonga, Corowa and Wangaratta.
Club president Jarrod Maxwell said they were looking to field two teams and were looking for players.
“We will be fielding a men’s rugby League side and are also looking to enter a ladies League Tag team,” he said.
“The idea came about from a group of boys at the uni who had previously played sports for other clubs, but couldn’t commit to travelling and were looking for a more social team.
“The Mud Dogs originally ran a few years ago, but never really got off the ground so we decided to get it running again and push for a social club to be started.
“We play in the Murray Cup competition, which is a comp between Albury, Wodonga, Corowa and Wangaratta.
“As this is our first year, it is hard to tell how we will go, but we are hoping to be competitive and work hard to make our impression on the competition.”
Jarrod said the team had already garnered community support and was looking to be a mix of university and community members.
“We have a few sponsors so far, with the Kinross Woolshed in Thurgoona being our major sponsor, and also Plus Fitness in Thurgoona being a big sponsor as well.
“We are using Wodongas ground as our home ground, and just doing our training runs at one of the ovals in Thurgoona.
“We are looking good for mens numbers. Myself and a few of the other boys are doing our coaching course, and will coach the men’s team.
“But we are looking for more girls players and a coach for them.”
“If someone is interested they can contact me, Jarrod Maxwell on 0419 777 838 or email me on jarrod_maxwell@hotmail.com, or like CSU Mud Dogs on Facebook and send a message on there.”

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