Ballina junior Mitchell Aubusson played his 200th NRL game for the Sydney Roosters against St George Illawarra on Monday.
Ballina junior Mitchell Aubusson played his 200th NRL game for the Sydney Roosters against St George Illawarra on Monday. DEAN LEWINS

Ballina rugby product has plenty to crow about in NRL

BALLINA junior Mitchell Aubusson has joined only a handful of Northern Rivers rugby league players to reach the 200 game milestone in the NRL.

It is a big effort from Aubusson who has been a key part of the Sydney Roosters since he made his debut in 2007.

He won a premiership with them in 2013 and is only the eighth Roosters player to achieve the milestone.

They may have lost 20-18 against St George Illawarra on Monday but there is no denying his place as one of the best players to come out of the region.

His older brother James Aubusson retired from the NRL after playing just 58 games in 2010 and probably could have hung around longer if it was not for a bad run of injuries.

Marist Brothers front-rower Danny Lee played over 200 games for the Cronulla Sharks when he finished up in 1998.

Casino-raised Matt King played 220 games in his career which spanned over a decade before ending in 2013.

However, 106 of his games were played for the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League.

Elsewhere, injuries played a part in Casino' Ben Kennedy falling short of the 200 game mark.

He finished his career at Manly having played 195 NRL games and was also a NSW and Australian representative.

Another Northern Rivers player who fell short of the double century in the NRL was Amos Roberts.

Roberts played for Marist Brothers and attended St John's College Woodlawn when it was a boarding school.

He played for three NRL clubs before finishing his career in England with Wigan.

He played a combined 177 games at St George Illawarra, Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters before moving overseas.

Lismore-raised and current Titans winger David Mead should still have plenty of time for the milestone with the 27-year-old having already played 137 games at the Titans.



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