Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Canoe Career for Coast Prop

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Canoe Career for Coast Prop

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Byline: MARK BODE

RUGBY UNION: Influential Stingrays prop Shon Siemonek has stunned the club after ditching rugby in favour of outrigger canoeing.

The CoastCOs home loss to Souths two weeks ago may have been SiemonekCOs last game for a club he joined in 2007 from Maroochydore and where he established himself as a highly valued player.

The timing could not be worse, with the long-struggling, rebuilding Coast club in desperate need of experienced campaigners like Siemonek.

Rays coach John Rangihuna said the New Zealand-born forwardCOs decision to quit rugby C[pounds sterling]came out of the blueC[yen] and via a phone call last week.

He described the loss of the 31-year-old as C[pounds sterling]massiveC[yen], saying he was the first player picked each week.

Rangihuna said: C[pounds sterling]ThereCOs no point hoping heCOll come back. WeCOve got to move on.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs just very disappointing. It happened so quickly without anyone knowing and with no chance to plan.

C[pounds sterling]ShoniCOs made the decision in the best interests of Shoni and weCOve got to roll with it.C[yen]

Siemonek, who played a handful of games for the RedsCO No.2 side in 2011, said he might not play Premier Rugby again.

He said that while leaving the Stingrays was difficult, he had to go with his heart. …

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