ONE TO WATCH: Wollongbar-Alstonville winger James Vidler has already scored 11 tries this season.
ONE TO WATCH: Wollongbar-Alstonville winger James Vidler has already scored 11 tries this season. Vicki Kerry

9 of the best rugby players on the North Coast right now

Tom Watson, Ballina

Slick passing skills and plenty of ability whether he plays five-eighth or fullback.

He made the NSW Country Under-20 team last season and is now a regular starter in first grade.

 

Ryan Duffy, Bangalow

Crafty centre who can sniff out a try from just about anywhere on the field.

Plenty of speed once he gets going and has some handy players outside him in Chris Bleakley, Vincent Young and Harley Williams.

 

Harvey Bell, Byron Bay

Not many centres can dominate and affect the outcome of the game like Bell does.

He played his first game back against Lennox Head last weekend and will be difficult to contain once he finds his rhythm.

 

Harrison Cusack, Casino

A versatile player that can cover five-eighth, fullback and wing.

Cusack is also a handy goal kicker and has a few seasons in first grade under his belt at the Bulls.

 

Vitori Buatava, Casuarina

The competition is blessed with talent when it comes to the five-eighth position and the former Fijian international has found a home at Casuarina this season.

Buatava previously played for Bangalow in 2016 and played for Bond University in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.

 

Marty McNamara, Lennox Head

Specialist winger and had his best game of the season when the Trojans took on Byron Bay at the weekend.

The Trojans boast one of the best backlines in the competition and there is no better finisher than McNamara.

 

Nigel Marshall, Lismore City

Veteran who still has plenty of skills after moving into the forwards to help a Lismore City team struggling for numbers.

He originally played centre and is one of only five players left from the team that won the premiership in 2013.

 

James Vidler, Wollongbar-Alstonville

Does not look threatening from a distance but give him any room to move and he'll quickly find his way to the tryline.

Deceptively strong and has already scored 11 tries from just six games so far this season.

 

Aaron Ashley, Southern Cross University

One of the only survivors from a talented Southern Cross University backline last season which included FNC Best and Fairest player Dean Wilson.

Ashley managed to stand out most weeks last season and has been one of their best performers in the rebuild this year not missing a game.



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