Byron exits first grade

ONCE powerhouses in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) Byron Bay will not field a first grade team this season.

The Red Devils featured in the semi-finals in 2009 and in 2008 took out the NRRRL premiership.

According to NRRRL secretary Doug Harrison, Byron’s exit from the competition was due to lack of numbers.

“Byron won’t have a first grade side this season but will field a reserve grade team to keep the club going,” Harrison told the Examiner yesterday.

“We held a meeting last night and all clubs agreed to give permission for Byron to field a reserve grade side in 2011.”

As a result it’s rumoured several players who are now without a club may sign with either Ballina or Evans Head.

The late exit is set to cause problems with the NRRRL draw.

“The way the draw is set up with competition byes, two teams this season will go three weekends without a game,” Harrison said.

The NRRRL premiership season starts on April 9.



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