Leon King tears through the defence while playing for Marist Brothers against Ballina in the NRRRL game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Sunday.
Leon King tears through the defence while playing for Marist Brothers against Ballina in the NRRRL game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Sunday. Marc Stapelberg

Leon's locked in

MARIST Brothers lock Leon King will make his representative debut in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League team next month.

A squad of 19 was selected on Sunday for the NSW Country championships and King is unsure of how coach Jamie McCormack plans to use him.

"There are some good back-rowers and he has plenty to choose from," King, 22, said yesterday.

"I'll probably come off the bench but that doesn't worry me.

"We have a good halfback and five-eighth to steer us around so we can't go wrong there."

McCormack has elected to use Byron Bay five-eighth Jared De Thierry and Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell in the halves.

There are already some injury concerns with Ghosts second-rower Aaron Hartmann taken to hospital with a back injury during the game against Kyogle on Sunday.

The team also has its fair share of former NRL players including Dean Widders, Clinton Toopi, Luke Covell and Roy Bell.

But it's the younger players such as Andrew Battese, Sam Panting and King that McCormack hopes to get most out of.

"I've selected Leon as a back-rower and he can covera few positions," McCormack said.

"We've picked the leading players in the competition and the final 17 is still a bit up in the air.

"Hopefully we'll get Hartmann back but I'll have to wait until the week before the game to make the final decision.

"I think this is the best opportunity we've had for a few years.

"I don't think Canberra will know too much about us or expect much either."

An overnight camp will be held on Friday, May 25, at Evans Head.

The game against Canberra will be played in Newcastle on June 16.

 

NORTHERN RIVERS: Roy Bell, Dan Randall, Clarence Kelly, Chris King, Jared De Thierry, Simon Kelly, Dean Widders, Clinton Toopi, Lynden Murphy, Sam Panting, Luke Covell, Aaron Hartmann, Ryan Farrell, Andrew Battese, Alwyn Roberts, Cameron Mulchay, Jon Macilai, Leon King, Ryan Binge.

  • Northern United and Ballina will play a catch-up game at Crozier Field, Lismore, tomorrow night.
  • Casino will play Grafton Ghosts in a catch-up game at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, next Tuesday.
  • A date has not been set for the Mullumbimby v Murwillumbah match that was wash-ed out in the third round.


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