Evans Head second-rower Chad Banks on his way to the tryline in NRRRL at the weekend.
Evans Head second-rower Chad Banks on his way to the tryline in NRRRL at the weekend. Kayarna Tregidgo

Players on the move in NRRRL

THERE has been plenty of movement with several players finding new homes in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League this season.

Northern United is sitting out this season due to financial issues with its players scattered around other clubs when the first round was played at the weekend.

The Evans Head Bombers have picked up talented centre Clarence Kelly and second-rower Djaan Jarrett.

Kelly played for the Bombers in 2011 when they made the semi-finals for the first time while Jarrett brings plenty of experience to an already strong forward pack.

He has been one of the Dirrawongs best in recent seasons and was captain-coach last year.

Byron Bay has bolstered its side by picking up four players from United.

The Red Devils finished with the wooden spoon last year but should be better this season after a hard-fought 32-22 loss against Cudgen.

Winger Bill King played in the Byron Bay team who reached the grand final in 2014 and has returned to the Red Devils.

He was the top try-scorer in the competition that season and has also been joined by older brother Noel King, second-rower Willo James and halfback Corey McGrady.

McGrady is one of the best halfbacks in the competition and could be the key man this season.

Premiership-winning Ballina centre Luke Simpson is also back in the the NRRRL playing for Byron Bay.

Lower Clarence have welcomed back Dan Randall from Redcliffe Dolphins to captain-coach in 2017, hard-hitting prop Ryan Binge has rejoined after a season at Grafton Ghosts and two-time Group 2 premiership winning hooker Rhys Walters has come across from South Grafton Rebels.

Elsewhere, Northern United front-rower Les Roberts has gone back to Ballina where he won a grand final in 2015.

Roberts looks to have dropped some kgs in the offseason and will be a handy asset for the Seagulls. Centre Roger Bartholomew has joined Ballina and was among the try-scorers in a 76-16 thumping of Lower Clarence at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina on Sunday.

Mullumbimby also had its first game back and it looked like they had Casino beat until a late try to Cougars centre Brent Scott-Hall snatched the 20-18 win.

A bad start cost Marist Brothers and they were always going to struggle to come back from 24-0 against Tweed Coast on Sunday.

The Rams fought back in the second half but were eventually beaten 24-18.

There are no games this weekend with the competition set to resume after Easter.



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