The Old Bar Clams will field an interesting new player in Lionel Mitchell, the teen-age brother of NSW representative rugby league centre, Latrell, in their rugby union clash with the Forster Tuncurry Dolphins at Peter Barclay Field in Tuncurry tomorrow, Saturday, June 15.
Lionel has emerged quietly and, in the circumstances of Latrell's recent publicity following the first State of Origin loss to Queensland, probably prefers it that way.
But any performance for the Clams remotely comparable to his brother's previous slashing displays of speed and penetration will be welcome against the unbeaten Dolphins.
The Dolphins will be led tomorrow by their slick inside-centre, Mark Hagarty, returning after missing his team's impressive 46-19 defeat of the Manning River Ratz at Taree Rugby Park and rejoining his halfback combination of Kaleb Trudgett and Matt Nuku.
Presumably, coach Ron McCarthy will restore Sean Hassett to his No 8 position at the back of the scrum where his damaging runs and lineout skills have made him an invaluable weapon.
McCarthy will also continue his experimentation with his newly acquired Tongan trio of front row forwards, the cousins, "Austin" Latu, "Ringo" Latu and "Lorenzo" Latu.
In the other men's game, the Ratz travel to Nabiac to meet the defending champions, the Wallamba Bulls, from all accounts, a team developing impressively after a lacklustre start to the season.
The Gloucester Cockies women's team play the Wauchope Thunder in Gloucester, the team tipped to steal the Cockies' crown in August.
There was no club rugby union played over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and what with the bye inflicted by the loss of the Gloucester men's team, it has contributed very much to a stop-start nature to this season's Kennards Hire premiership in the Lower Mid North Coast competition.