The big news in Far North Coast rugby union this week is the selection of two FNC Schoolboys to play for NSW Schools in the Novotel Australian Schools Championships in Canberra at Viking Park, starting on July 8.

They are Alstonville High’s Joel Crowther, who will represent NSW Firsts, and Grafton High’s Bryce Speechley, who will represent NSW Seconds.

Good luck to both!

Meanwhile, it may only be cacth-up round with just two games in FNC seniors this weekend, but they will be high-quality matches.

Lennox Head are at home to coastal rivals Ballina in what should be another keenly fought local derby, while Lismore host Wollongbar Alstonville.

All of this weekend’s combatants are in the top five, with Wolllongbar Alstonville joint leaders on 37 with Coolangatta Tweed.

Lennox are next on 34, followed by Lismore on 30 and Ballina on 26.

Pointscore: Coolangatta Tweed 37, Wollongbar Alstonville 37, Lennox Head 34, Lismore 30, Ballina 26, Grafton 24, Casino 22, Southern Cross 12, Yamba 10.

This weekend’s teams:

Lennox Head: 1. Corey Windle, 2. Jamie Tredinnick, 3. Matt Liddle, 4. Nathan Durkin, 5. James Pearson, 6. Luke Schaefer, 7. Harry Witt, 8. Ben Rampling, 9. Beau Milner, 10. Adam Gordon, 11. Matthew Ahearne, 12. Joe Witt, 13. Trent Gasnier, 14. Mathew Barnes, 15. Matthew Gibson
Coach: Brad Stamp
Ballina: 1. Nathan Wallace, 2. Brent Horan, 3. John Dokter, 4. Danny Lickiss, 5. Ben Rippon, 6. Mick Lord 7. Liam Preston (C.), 8. Josh Piercy, 9. Paul Lynch, 10. Adam Fisher, 11. Matthew Costello, 12. Ray Carriage, 13. Aaron Forsterling, 14. Adam Mackay, 15. Luke Watling
Coach: Jeff Skinner
Referee: Graham Cook
Lismore: 1. Matt Collins, 2. Stephen Prosser, 3. Justin Sant, 4. Glen Paisley (C.), 5. Matt Larsson, 6. Grant Little, 7. Heath Conlan, 8. James Oliveri, 9. Scott Lancaster, 10. Stephen Hughes, 11. Rory Richardson, 12. Nigel Marshall, 13. Matt Bermingham, 14. Dallas Brown, 15. James Wood
Coach: Ron Cox
Wollongbar Alstonville: 1. Matthew Wright, 2. Aaron Burnett, 3. Kent Sharman, 4. Matt Scott (C.), 5. Brendan Rea, 6. Tim Perkins, 7. Luke Nunn, 8. Ryan Hamilton, 9. Brad Marsh, 10. Ben Damen, 11, Arlo Cluff, 12. Lachlan Vigna, 13, Simon Perkins, 14, Terry Murphy, 15. Adam Law
Coach: Barry Carpenter
Referee: Jack Quigley