Craig Pettiford, Anthony and Vladimir Savovski are the Water Rats front row for the season opener on Saturday.
Craig Pettiford, Anthony and Vladimir Savovski are the Water Rats front row for the season opener on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

"Yes, we know Campo": Warwick Water Rats' new recruits

RUGBY UNION: Vladimir and Anthony Savovski have played rugby in Australia and Spain and hope to bring some of the spirit of the famous Randwick club in Sydney to the Warwick Water Rats.

And before everyone asks them the same question, yes they have had a beer with Campo, legendary Australian Wallabies outside back David Campese.

The brothers have been brought to Warwick by Water Rats coach Damien Cahill and are working on a chicken farm in the area.

"The people of the town and boys at the rugby club are great," prop Vladimir said.

Anthony is a hooker who has played in the top grade in Perth and said they were in town to help get the club back on its feet.

"We had a game against Bears and started to improve in the second half," he said.

"Our scrum was strong, lineout and pick and drive good."

He admitted the Warwick backline was inexperienced but said there was good potential.

The brothers are in Warwick for one year to begin with but are already talking about getting the club back into A grade.

"We want to help build the camaraderie and mateship in the club and eventually have three teams in the Darling Downs competition and a junior system as well," Vladimir said.

"There is a lot of spirit and tradition to the Randwick club and plenty of functions and we hope for the same in Warwick."

They have played for La Coruna in Spain. Vladimir toured the United Kingdom with an Australian schoolboys team.

Warwick hosts USQ in B-grade at Risdon Oval at 1.30pm Saturday.



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