HARD YARDS: Grafton Ghosts hit the training paddock ahead of a 2016 season where they are looking to go one better to make the grand final.
HARD YARDS: Grafton Ghosts hit the training paddock ahead of a 2016 season where they are looking to go one better to make the grand final. Matthew Elkerton

First taste of action for rugby league season

RUGBY LEAGUE: Several new faces will feature in a Grafton Ghosts jumper for the first time in a senior trial today.

The club takes on 2015 NRRRL grand finalists Murwillumbah Mustangs at McGuren Field from 4.30pm with the likes of half-back Jayden Connors, hooker Matt Vidler, utility back Rob Howard and former Coffs Harbour Comets five-eighth Nick Monckton to taste their action in the blue and white jersey.

The Ghosts play another trial against NRRRL premiers Ballina Seagulls at Ballina next Saturday in a testing pre-season.

Meanwhile South Grafton Rebels are also engaged in a trial today against Northern United at Lismore with Under-18s kicking off at 2.30pm.

The Group 2 Rugby League season is set to start on April 2 with Grafton hosting 2015 grand finalists Coffs Harbour in round one while defending premiers South Grafton have the bye.

The return of Woolgoolga Seahorses has expanded the competition to nine teams with an 18-week home and away season and the grand final scheduled for Sunday, September 11.

The NRRRL has also gained a team with the entry of Tweed Coast Raiders. The 12-team competition kicks off on April 16 with Lower Clarence Magpies away to Cudgen in round one.

The Magpies’ first trial is next Saturday, March 19 against Northern United at Clifford Park, Goonellabah.

Under-18s East Coast Dolphins trials will also take place in Coffs Harbour from 10am today with Grafton quartet Daniel Lavender, Lionel Johnson, Malcolm Scott and Liam Bloomer selected to play in the Group 2 side.



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