Clarence to captain Byron Bay

REPRESENTATIVE centre Clarence Kelly will captain Byron Bay tomorrow for the first time when the Red Devils host a winless Kyogle outfit in the NRRRL.

Regular captain and coach, Simon Kelly, is in some doubt with a groin injury, but said it was about time his strike weapon led the team out.

“Clarence is a great player but I reckon giving him that extra responsibility might even bring more out of him,” he said.

Clarence’s younger brother Brett will make his first-grade debut at hooker, which could give the Turkeys double vision.

“We actually have four or five of the brothers here who will eventually get a run for the Devils, which is great for the club,” Simon Kelly said.

Kyogle have made just one change for the 2.30pm match with Joel Trim forcing back-rower Jarred Newton to the bench.

Winless Casino have made a host of changes for their home game against Mullumbimby.

Sefa Sifalau returns from rep duty to lead the pack, which has also been beefed up by the arrival of Kiwi powerhouse Jacob Nqauamo from Te Atatua in Auckland.

Five-eighth Adrian Robson will run out for his first game of the year and surely stiffen the Cougars’ defence, which has leaked 66 points in two weeks.

The Giants have named an unchanged line-up to that which thrashed Tweed Coast last week.

In Seagulls land, Ballina has tweaked its line-up which will be missing Damian Sironen and Dane Clarke, who are on rep duty.

Outstanding hooker Andrew Battese and 18-year-old half Paul O’Neill will swap places for the run-on, but are likely to share both sets of duties.

Undefeated Brothers will look to continue on their winning way when hosting Lower Clarence.

The Rams welcome back first-choice half Joel McCaffery, which releases Jake Campbell to his preferred position one pass wider.

In other games, Grafton’s Ghosts and Rhinos play off, while Cudgen host Murwillumbah at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff.



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