Country calls local rugby league stars
SIX players from the Northern Rivers have selected to play representative rugby league in the annual City v Country clash at Mudgee on Sunday.
It is another milestone for Ballina junior Mitchell Aubusson who has been named as captain with this set to be the final time the game will be played.
He made his representative debut last year and also captained his Sydney Roosters to a win at the Auckland Nines in the preseason.
Meanwhile, Anthony Don, Michael Gordon, Brian Kelly, Cody Walker and Tyrone Roberts have all been selected in the Country team.
Melbourne centre Cheyse Blair who was born at Murwillumbah and played juniors with the Bilambil Jets has also made the side.
The game will mark the return to the representative scene for Ballina junior Tyrone Roberts after he last played for Country while at the Newcastle Knights in 2014.
He has been selected at halfback and will be partnered by Casino product Cody Walker at five-eighth.
It has been a rapid rise for Walker who only made his NRL debut as a 26-year-old last year.
He has been one of the best on the field this season for the struggling South Sydney team.
Elsewhere, Brian Kelly can be considered a bolter on the wing after making his NRL debut this year.
He has also found his feet quickly after originally set to played Intrust Super Cup with the Tweed Seagulls this season.
Kelly was snapped up by Manly in November and has made the centre spot his own.
Premiership-winning Grafton Ghosts fullback Anthony Don has been rewarded for his consistency over the years with a spot on the wing.
He joined the Gold Coast Titans in 2013 and recently returned from a dislocated shoulder he suffered early in the season.
The game will also likely be the representative swansong for 33-year-old Michael Gordon.
He is a Cudgen and Tweed Coast junior who also attended High School at Kingscliff.