ProfileAngus Cottrell is a hardworking member of the Emirates Western Force back row. The ‘no frills’ player has made the most of each opportunity set before him to now hold a position within the Emirates Western Force senior squad. Cottrell, who did not progress through the regular representative channels, was spotted playing for Brisbane club, Wests, and offered a place with the Emirates Western Force on their Samoan tour at the end of 2011. After impressing in the two matches, he was offered an Extended Playing Squad contract that would see him make his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Brumbies. Initially identified as a longer-term project, Cottrell played seven matches in his rookie season, starting in four, with an elbow injury preventing him playing more. The 23-year-old’s performances have featured a high work rate and the ability to thrive in contact, at set piece and at the breakdown.Timeline2008Named Wests Bulldogs ‘Colts Player of the Year’; makes his Hospital Cup debut for Wests Bulldogs in Brisbane First Grade.2009Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup.2010Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup.2011Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup; named Wests Bulldogs ‘Senior Player of the Year’; selected for the Emirates Western Force Samoan Tour and starts in both matches; joins the Emirates Western Force for the 2012 season on an Extended Playing Squad contract.2012Makes his Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in Canberra in Week One; earns his first run-on start against the Waratahs in Week Four; plays seven matches for the Emirates Western Force during the Super Rugby season; is unavailable for five weeks due to a dislocated elbow incurred while playing for Associates; starting back-rower for Associates, who win the Pindan Premier Grade defeating Nedlands 23-17 in the grand final.
24 MAY 2013