Nine local rugby players have plenty of incentive lining up for the Central Otago rep team in Cromwell this Monday.
Arrowtown’s Winter brothers, Reece and Aidan, and Ben Chisholm join Wakatipu’s Tom Kelly and Ben Blakely in the starting XV for the annual Topp Cup fixture against Cromwell.
Arrowtown’s Dan Iosefo and Matt Cruickshank, together with Wakatipu’s Cole Pewhairangi and Tom Gray, are in the reserves.
The game’s a major trial for the Otago Country squad, which this year plays in an expanded South Island competition after an initial southern pool also comprising Otago B, Otago Colts, Southland B and Southland Colts.
South Otago won last year’s Topp Cup fixture, 26-11.