Cowra Eagles coach Col Jeffs will rejoin Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championship after this week’s Blowes Clothing Cup round.
The former NSW Country coach has brought the best out in Cowra while at the helm in 2018, however he’s made the tough decision to leave the Eagles’ Nest at a crucial time in the season and pursue his coaching within Rugby Canada.
His tenure in Canada will end on the same weekend as the Central West Rugby deciders on August 25.
Eagles director of football Colin Kilby, 2017 coach Troy Hayes and Rohan McKay will take the reins.
“Management knew it was a possibility at the start of the season,” Jeffs said. “We’ve accomplished a lot in the last eight weeks. I feel it’s up to the players now.”
The Eagles are fighting with Dubbo Roos and Forbes Platypi for the bottom two places in the top four, while Bathurst Bulldogs and Orange Emus sit at the summit.
Jeffs is confident Cowra can secure one of the two spots available, but is wary of the final regular round game at Forbes.
“It’s getting tight. As it tends to always do it could come down to that final round game against Forbes where the result could put us in third or even fifth,” he said.
“We’d like to think we can get two wins from these final three games and get a top four spot, hopefully third.”
The Eagles head to Orange this week for a third clash with Emus.
Jeffs expects the greens to be fired up following their loss to Cowra last round.
“They’ll be out to put pay to that loss, particuarly after what they did to us in the first round. They’ll want to prove to us and the rest of the competition that it was an off day,” he said.
“But we showed that we can be more than competitive here so we’d like to think we can do that again.”
Jeremy Montgomery is likely to come in for Kirk Stanbridge who is out with concussion and Aidan McCleary will be sidelined after succumbing to an ongoing knee injury last week. He’ll be replaced by Will Turner.
The game’s set for a 3.15pm start.