Retravision Northern League competition leaders Grafton Ghosts may have lost prop Nat Sewell to a season-ending leg injury, but that has been offset by the signing of former club junior Leighton Ireland.

Sewell received the injury late in last Sunday’s win over Ballina Seagulls in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition match at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

But the club announced Ireland’s signing this week, and what a pick-up he is for the club.

Ireland, who began junior league in Grafton, is a former Queensland rugby union Under-16 and Country Under-21 representative.

The big prop-forward switched back to league and played with Burleigh Bears in first grade.

Ireland, however, may not get a start in tomorrow’s match against Kyogle Turkeys, which is the match of the round in the Retravision League this weekend.

The Turkeys share equal third spot on the ladder and will go into the match refreshed after last week’s bye.

Points: Grafton Ghosts 10, Byron Bay 10, Mullumbimby 8, Kyogle 8, Marist Brothers 8, Tweed Coast 6, South Tweed 5, Casino RSM 5, Cudgen 4, Lower Clarence 2, Ballina 2, Murwillumbah 0.

Weekend games:

  • FRIDAY  16 MAY                                  
  • GRAFTON RHINOS   v   EVANS HEAD                             (Reserve Grade Only)         
    McKittrick Park South Grafton                                          Kick Off     7  P.M.
  • SATURDAY 17 MAY
  • TWEED COAST    V   BALLINA                            3 Grades             2 P.M.     Start                                   
    Les Berger Field  Cabarita                                         First Grade Kick Off   4.45  P.M.
  • SUNDAY  18 MAY
  • GRAFTON GHOSTS  V KYOGLE                            2 Grades                1 P M   Start   
    Frank McGuren Park Grafton                                      First Grade Kick Off   2.30 P.M.
  • SOUTH TWEED   V  MULLUMBIMBY                  2 Grades                 1 P.M.  Start
    Dave Burns Field South Tweed                                  First Grade Kick Off    2.30 P.M
  • MARIST BROTHERS  V MURWILLUMBAH    3 Grades                 12  Noon. Start
    Crozier Field Lismore                                                  First Grade Kick  Off  2.45 P.M.
  • CASINO RSM  V   LOWER CLARENCE               3 Grades                 12 noon Start
    Queen Elizabeth Park Casino                                       First Grade Kick Off  2.45 P.M
  • BYRON BAY   V  CUDGEN                                       3 Grades           12 Noon  Start
    Red Devil Park  Byron Bay                                           First Grade Kick Off 2.45 P M