Louis Carr has fast-become Orange Emus' very own Mr Fix It in recent years, shifting up and down between grades and cycling through virtually every position in the backline in the process, doing it all but seamlessly to boot.
Now, with head coach Pete Bromley forced to ring the changes ahead of this weekend's trip to Dubbo, the 23-year-old flyer has been charged with arguably his toughest task - filling the hole left by unavailable five-eighth Gus Roberts.
The No.10 jersey isn't unfamiliar to Carr, he's filled it in Emus' second grade side recently but the shoes of a former Super Rugby play-maker are big boots to fill, particularly with the side coming off a rare Blowes Clothing Cup loss.
But co-captain Charlie Henley, who returns to the side from injury this week, said there's no pressure on Carr to replicate Roberts' recent form, he brings a significantly different skill-set after all.
"We're really looking forward to seeing how Louis goes at 10, he's so versatile and has been really strong in that role for twos recently, it'll be exciting to see what he brings to the side," Henley said.
"He always does his job no matter what position he's playing, has plenty of first grade experience under his belt and knows our systems, so there won't be any surprises."
Carr's inclusion and Henley's return are two of the changes Bromley has made leading into Saturday's showdown against Roos, which comes after the greens suffered a 'disappointing' defeat to Forbes.
In an uncharacteristically leaky performance the defending premiers conceded four tries in the 30-24 loss which, although a double bonus point loss, slashed Emus' lead from the second-placed Platypi to just three points.
Henley's fellow co-captain Nigel Staniforth also returns from injury at the expense of Oscar Hunt while Simon Badgery slots into No.8 to lock the scrum, in place of the unavailable Scott McLean.
"We've come to set pretty high standards for ourselves and we didn't reach them last weekend, we weren't as clinical nor as composed as we want to be so we're definitely looking to bounce back," Henley said.
"We were particularly disappointed with the way we defended and the way we finished, or rather the way we didn't finish because we let plenty of chances go begging."
Henley said the road trip to Dubbo will make that bounce-back bid tougher, particularly considering the enigmatic Roos have been significantly tougher at No.1 Oval.
All three of the Dubbo's side's victories - over Bathurst Bulldogs, Cowra and Orange City - have come at home, comparatively they've struggled in four defeats on the road, twice leaking more than 35 points.
"It's our longest trip and No.1 Oval is always a tough ground to play at, let alone take points away from," Henley said.
"We're not sure what to expect because their side has changed week-to-week but we know it'll be physical, Roos are always tough up front regardless of what their side looks like."
Saturday's top grade clash is scheduled to kick off at 3.15pm after a full bill of lower grades and Westfund Ferguson Cup fixtures.
Although Emus' colts side travels to Dubbo as well, they face Rhinos at Apex Oval while Roos' under-18 side plays Mudgee.
- ORANGE EMUS: 1 Digby Cooper, 2 Charlie Henley (c), 3 Ant Carver, 4 Nick Hughes-Clapp, 5 Sam McLean, 6 Jack Marchinton, 7 Sam Greatbatch, 8 Simon Badgery, 9 Archie Weston, 10 Louis Carr, 11 Harry Cummins, 12 Tom Joseph, 13 Nigel Staniforth (c), 14 Jake Ritchie, 15 Jamil Khalfan
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