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Mate against mate in National Rugby Championship

MATES FORGOTTEN: FNC players (from left) Rowan Perry, Jake McIntyre and Sam Croke represented Australian under-20s in June. Croke and McIntyre will play against each other when the NSW Country Eagles take on Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship game in Lismore next month.
MATES FORGOTTEN: FNC players (from left) Rowan Perry, Jake McIntyre and Sam Croke represented Australian under-20s in June. Croke and McIntyre will play against each other when the NSW Country Eagles take on Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship game in Lismore next month.

FAR North Coast players Sam Croke and Jake McIntyre will square off against each other when Lismore hosts a game in the new National Rugby Championship next month.

The pair were team-mates when they represented the Australian under-20 side in the IRB Junior World Championships in June.

Croke is from Lennox Head and will represent the NSW Country Eagles when they take on Brisbane City at Oakes Oval on September 14.

Brisbane announced its team yesterday with McIntyre named at five-eighth.

The Wollongbar junior is fresh from playing in the Queensland Premier Rugby grand final with Sunnybank who were beaten 20-18 against University of Queensland on Sunday.

"Eight of these guys played in the (Queensland) Premier Rugby final two days ago, so it's great to be bringing that sort of confidence and experience in," Brisbane coach Nick Stiles said.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity this competition presents to club rugby players and we've selected a talented group of young men."

There are 10 players from the Queensland Reds squad named for Brisbane City and five have played Super Rugby.

Five NSW Waratahs players who were part of the winning Super Rugby squad have been named for NSW Country.

They are Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro, Mitchell Chapman and Kane Doug

las.

Douglas grew up in Yamba and played in the FNC junior competition before going on to play for the Wallabies.

The game against Brisbane City will be one of his last in Australia before moving overseas to join Irish province Leinster at the end of the year.

The National Rugby Championship runs over four months and aims at giving players another link in their pathway towards higher honours.

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.visitlismore.com.au.

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