How the teams are looking ahead of kick-off in 2021

SEASON PREVIEW: Marist Brothers lock Kyle Kennedy playing for the Rams in the NRRRL grand final last year. Photo Christine Butcher.
SEASON PREVIEW: Marist Brothers lock Kyle Kennedy playing for the Rams in the NRRRL grand final last year. Photo Christine Butcher.

A look at the local first grade teams playing in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League this season

Ballina

Former NRL front-rower Luke Douglas is back as captain-coach for a second year. The Seagulls will be stacked with talent again this season with the likes of fullback Oliver Regan and lock Hayden Hansen in the side.

Byron Bay 

This season shapes as an important one for the Red Devils. They had a decent team before they pulled out last year when the competition was split in two.

Captain-coach, Todd Carney, remaining injury free will be crucial along with the efforts of front-rower Dylan Montgomery and hooker Andrew Battese.

Casino

The Cougars have kept its core group of players intact with front-rower, Nick Morrissey, hooker, Chad Taylor, lock, Hayden Pratt, fullback, Noah King, and second-rower, Michael Schipp, committing for the season.

Jason Alchin gets a better chance at coaching in his second year after COVID-19 disruptions throughout the competition in 2020.

Evans Head

Fresh from a year out of the competition and will have enigmatic five-eighth Trevor Bolt as captain-coach. The Bombers also welcome back lock Jack Wythes, who was NRRRL Player of the Year when he last played in the competition in 2015.

Kyogle

New coach, Michael Woods, arrived at the club in November and has spent plenty of time working with the young Turkeys outfit.

Ball-running five-eighth, Joe Olive, has a decent kicking game while the club has a strong junior base to build off.

Marist Brothers

Fullback, Brett Kelly, shapes as a key signing while the forward pack remains solid with the likes of front-rower, Lochie Perrin, and lock, Kyle Kennedy.

New centre, Matt Nean,provides extra depth in the outside backs.

Mullumbimby

New captain-coach, Sean Watkins, has plenty to work with in young halfback, Shaun Booth, and hooker, Tommy Gibson.

The Giants also have plenty of experience with premiership-winning five-eighth, Travis Drought, returning to the side.

Northern United

Coach, Chris Binge, has returned to the club this season, he took them to the grand final in their first year in the competition in 2009.

Centre, Clarence Kelly, and hooker, Jamahl Roberts, bring plenty of experience along with lock, Chris Binge junior.

Other teams competing this year

Bilambil, Cudgen, Lower Clarence, Murwillumbah, Tweed Coast