Kyogle player Sam Nicholson tries to avoid the Ballina defence during the game at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Kyogle player Sam Nicholson tries to avoid the Ballina defence during the game at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Double trouble in the NRRRL

Andrew Battese, Dylan Montgomery (Ballina): Ballina will always be a premiership threat when these two are on the field at the same time.

Cory McGrady, Bill King (Byron Bay): Byron Bay needed a decent recruitment drive and they picked up some handy additions in halfback Cory McGrady and centre Bill King.

The pair previously played together at Northern United while King was one of the Red Devils best players when they made the grand final in 2014.

Roy Bell, Todd Johnson (Casino): Powerful centre Todd Johnson is back at Casino this year after a couple of years away from the area playing with Sawtell.

Halfback Roy Bell is still one of the most talented players in the competition and will be crucial in the tough games.

Pat Rosser, Jake Sands (Cudgen): Cudgen captain-coach Pat Rosser is one of the toughest forwards in the NRRRL and has suffered season ending injuries over the past two seasons.

They need him on the field this season and will have plenty of class at fullback while Jake Sands is there.

Nikko Roberts, Tim Tregidgo (Evans Head): The arrival of Nikko Roberts could be the missing piece of the puzzle at Evans Head and they now boast former NSW Country centre Clarence Kelly who scored a hat-trick on the weekend.

The Bombers will still need to assert their authority up front and Tim Tregidgo will lead the way at prop.

Lachlan Crawter, Sam Nicholson (Kyogle): Kyogle has a young side this season and have retained some of their best juniors in Lachlan Crawter and Sam Nicholson.

Crawter has already captained the side while Nicholson can cover most positions in the backline.

Jack Durheim, Te Ate Jackson (Marist Brothers): The Rams have NSW Country front-rower in Jack Durheim and will rely on Te Ate Jackson to steer the ship in the halves.

Ryan Binge, Dan Randall (Lower Clarence): Randall is playing well after taking on the captain-coach role while Ryan Binge is one of the best front rowers the club has ever produced.

Louis Earl, Sam Martin (Mullumbimby): Five-eighth Louis Earl has a great passing game and can kick his side out of trouble and Sam Martin will take on plenty of responsibility in the forwards with his captain-coach role.

Wayde Kelly, Sam O'Dea (Murwillumbah): Premiership winners playing together for the first time last season and the combination will again be crucial for the defending premiers.

Drew Lanston, Guy Lanston (Tweed Coast): Talented twin brother pairing in the backline with Guy Lanston picked in the NSW Country team last year.



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