Cowboys could ride into Ballina for world cup trial
NORTH Queensland Cowboys players Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett could play in Ballina next month just a few weeks after playing in the NRL grand final this weekend.
Coote will play fullback with Linnett in the centres when they take on the Melbourne Storm in the premiership decider on Sunday.
Both are also in the Scotland squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup with the Bravehearts set to play a warm-up game against NSW Country Under-23s at Ballina on October 20.
Former Gold Coast Titans front-rower and Yamba product Luke Douglas is also in the Scottish side set to play at Kingsford Smith Park.
Some of the best rugby league talent on the Northern Rivers will be on show with Group 2 Ladies League Tag Premiers Coffs Harbour taking on NRRRL Premiers Byron Bay.
Group 1 and Group 18 will go head-to-head in an Under-16s trial for the Northern Rivers Country Championship side.
Country Rugby League operations manager Bert Lowrie believes the matches present a great opportunity for regional Rugby League fans to see a range of talent from grassroots through to elite level international players.
The NSW Country Under-23s will also get the chance to play Samoa in Wagga Wagga.
"It's an exciting time of year with the NRL Grand Final and Rugby League World Cup coming up and the matches in Wagga Wagga and Ballina,” Lowrie said.
"It's a great opportunity for regional fans to see players at various stages of the rugby league pathways.
"Some of the best male and female talent from the North Coast and Riverina will be on show and this will be followed by some of the best young players in Country NSW taking on some of the best players from around the world.
"It's a unique opportunity and we'd love to see people heading out to support these games.”