Sport

Mitch makes his move

FORMER Ballina Seagulls rugby league player Mitchell Aubusson is a step closer to playing State of Origin in 2011 after being selected in the NSW Country Origin team.

The 23-year-old has been named as 18th man in the team that will line up against City at Lavington Sports Ground, Albury, on Friday night.

Seagulls president Max Beecher believes the best is yet to come for Aubusson.

“He has always been an achiever and last year he took that next step under coach Brian Smith,” Beecher said.

“Mitch is probably a bit unlucky; he plays his best football at second row and they’ve (Roosters) had him playing in the centres in recent weeks.

“The Roosters have been playing poorly and that doesn’t help either. On his day he (Aubusson) runs one of the best lines of any second rower in the competition.”

After making the 51-man Blues In Waiting camp in January, Aubusson withdrew because it clashed with the wedding of his brother James, who is a former NRL player at the Roosters.

“I know he was disappointed that he missed out on the camp,” Beecher said.

“I don’t think it’s beyond him to get the call up to play for the Blues this year.

“I have no doubts he’ll get his chance in the next year or two.”

Notable omissions from the Country squad were Luke Douglas (Yamba) and David Mead (Lismore).

City and Country Origin stars have been told to rip into a genuine NSW Rugby League selection trial on Friday night, with a host of positions still up for grabs ahead of the series against Queensland.

Blues coach Ricky Stuart will travel to Albury this week to watch his State of Origin hopefuls first-hand and, although he has said the make-up of the side is taking shape in his mind, it appears he is still open to being persuaded.

Fullback, one wing position, left centre, front-row, hooker and the bench all have big question marks over them and, as City and Country players assembled on Monday, they were under no illusions as to what they were playing for.

“That’s what they said to us .... that it’s a genuine trial and there’s plenty of positions up for grabs,” City halfback Mitchell Pearce said.

“All the boys will be really hungry to stamp their claim.”

Jarryd Hayne’s surprise exclusion from the Test side showed how few certainties there are and his developing rivalry with Canberra star Josh Dugan will take on bigger than expected proportions.

“I think I’ve proven myself at the next level,” said Dugan.

Topics:  state of origin



Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Boogie woogie beauty took the world by storm

The grave of Winifred Atwell  at the Memorial gardens at South Gundurimba.

Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star

International star who wanted to be buried on the Northern Rivers

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!