Development officer Mike Donnelly, Russell Dickson, Kurt McDonald and Dan Kearney.
Development officer Mike Donnelly, Russell Dickson, Kurt McDonald and Dan Kearney.

Former Bulldog to give NRL tour

RECENTLY retired Canterbury Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan will meet three Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Academy players in Sydney this weekend to give them an orientation into rugby league in the top grade.

Russell Dickson (Ballina), Kurt McDonald (Mullumbimby) and Dan Kearney (Cudgen) will be part of the inaugural three-day program to help fast track aspiring rugby league players to life in Sydney.

The trip includes a training session with NSW State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart and his emerging Blues side and a tour of the Sydney Roosters facilities.

"It's a life program as much as a rugby league program," CRL development officer Mike Donnelly said.

"We hope to get guys straight from the CRL academy and into NRL teams."

Over the last six seasons around 30 players from the academy have gone on to play in the NRL, a number higher than any other rugby league development program in Australia.

The CRL runs two-day training camps for Northern Rivers players which includes skills sessions and lectures on nutrition, drugs and alcohol.



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