Former rugby league international Mark Edmondson and former NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall, along with NRL Titan players, will be the special guests at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League 2010 season launch this Friday night at the Ballina RSL Club.

The family friendly event will also have the winners of the inaugural Ballina RSL Club 2010 Charity Shield, the Grafton Ghosts, and two North Coast charities, the Dragons Abreast and the Men of League Foundation, also honoured.

Ghosts won last Sunday’s final, beating the Ballina Seagulls 40-10 at Grafton.

NRRRL President Robin Harley couldn’t be happier with the pre-season competition and the build-up for this Friday night.

“This is my last season as president of the group and to establish the charity shield is a great concept and a fantastic environment for our 14 league teams to test the waters and have an early sticky beak at how things are working for their teams prior to the official hit-out,” he said.

“Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League is always looking for opportunities to ‘Connect with Community’ and partnering with the Ballina RSL Club and establishing links with these two charities is our way of giving back.”

Prior to the official start of the evening, four NRL Titan players will be available to sign autographs for half an hour, before Bundjalung Elder, Uncle Lewis Cook, opens the night with a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony.

Country Rugby League will present their Under-18 representative squad with their jerseys, while a memorabilia auction will finish the night off.

Tickets for the event are available from the Ballina RSL Club P: 6686 2544, Adults: $10 Kids U/16 FREE

Titan autographs from 6.30pm in club foyer.

PICTURE: Pictured at the Dragons Abreast Headquarters at Lennox Head, members swap their pink for footy colours for the 2010 NRRRL season launch this Friday night when they are special guests of NRRRL. With them are NRRRL president Robin Harley, Ballina RSL Club’s Gary Hooley and Bill Coulter.