Fast-track to NRL on the Dolphins? back
By IAN MONAGHAN
THE true benefits of a Gold Coast-based National Rugby League team should begin to materialise tomorrow and Saturday.
The Gold Coast Dolphins are ready and waiting to join the NRL and have already indicated their desire to look south ? to the Northern Rivers district ? for top-grade players of the future.
With this in mind, Northern Rivers-based Group One Junior Rugby League Under-16 representatives are participating in a two-day development and coaching camp on the Gold Coast from tomorrow.
The talented juniors will all receive full training attire and the camp is cost-free to the selected representative players.
The memorable conclusion for the Under-16s will come on Saturday, when they are introduced to the crowd at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, at half-time in the NRL trial between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos.
Our best juniors won't have to look too much further for role models than the man co-ordinating the camp, former Penrith 2003 premiership-winning hero Scott Sattler.
Sattler is the Dolphins' coaching and development manager.
Northern Rivers Junior Rugby League co-ordinator, Brian Rix, said in the future Northern Rivers teams, consisting of Under-14, 15 and 16 juniors from Clarence to the Queensland border, would be selected to play highly-rated opposition from Queensland.
"NRL club officials will attend at most games," Rix said.
"These teams offer more exposure for our talented players, leading to opportunities to play rugby league at the highest level.".