Casino halfback Roy Bell will captain the Northern Rivers representative team for the first time in Coffs Harbour this weekend.
Casino halfback Roy Bell will captain the Northern Rivers representative team for the first time in Coffs Harbour this weekend. Marc Stapelberg

Casino’s Roy Bell to captain representative team

CASINO halfback Roy Bell will captain the Northern Rivers representative rugby league team for the first time at the NSW Country Championships this year.

He will lead them out against North Coast in the second tier part of the competition at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Only three players remain from last years team and coach Scott Sattler had plenty of options on who would captain his team.

"Roy is a natural leader and it was a no-brainer for me in the end," Sattler said.

"He hasn't captained a rep team before but it's just a natural progression for a player of his ability.

"He is a smooth customer on and off the field and he's always impressed me."

There is plenty of talent in the team with Kyogle front-rower Cameron Mulcahy playing representative football again after rupturing his achilles tendon two years.

Sattler has selected a good mix of players with nine of the 10 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Clubs represented.

"This is a very good rugby league side," Sattler said.

"We had a plethora of players to pick from and we've gone with a forward pack who can play big minutes.

"I think that will be pretty important with the new interchange rule and we'll have second-rowers who can play full games too."

Ballina hooker Zac Beecher and second-rower Anthony Colman are two of the youngest players in the team who could have a big impact.

Sattler also expects a strong campaign from Cudgen front-rower Caleb Ziebell.

"We've designed it so we had a short preparation this year and Caleb is one guy who has really impressed me," Sattler said.

"I've really enjoyed coaching him and then we have guys like Trevor Bolt who are playing so well that we had to find a spot for them.

"These guys playing are all in form and look after themselves off the field."



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