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The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) has announced an exciting new competition structure for 2022 where all clubs will play everyone once before splitting into a Premiership (top six) and Trophy (remaining six) competition for the remaining rounds and finals series.

The new structure will provide clubs with a more competitively balanced competition with the top sides facing each other more often as part of the NRRRL Premiership; and the lower ranked teams doing battle for the NRRRL Trophy.

The region, which was ravaged by the recent floods, has worked hard to return clubs to the field and received assistance from the NSWRL’s $600,000 flood relief package. This competition structure will make their return easier by providing a more evenly matched season after the initial grading rounds.

The NRRRL understands the toll the floods have had on the region and want to support their clubs getting back to “normal” competition, as well as engage with their own local communities via the game of Rugby League.

The Northern Rivers Titans Open Age Men’s Team made the NSWRL Country Championships Grand Final last month despite being unable to train for a month in the lead-up to the finals. They fought hard before going down 26-16 to Illawarra South Coast Dragons.

The Titans also made Andrew Johns Cup (Under 16s) under the same conditions and went one better after snatching a thrilling 24-22 win over Macarthur Wests Tiger to provide a much-needed boost for the community.

Registrations remain up on this point last year with over 1050 senior players and 4250 total players already registered after Round One in the senior and both junior competitions.

The quality of the top teams within the area is getting stronger and the new competition structure should help clubs engage at a level that suits their town/club.