Raiders key men up front Brendan Robinson, James Marcus and Troy Nairne.
Raiders key men up front Brendan Robinson, James Marcus and Troy Nairne. supplied

Raiders get frightful front row

TWEED City Raiders will boast one of the most damaging front-rows in Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League's Bycroft Cup competition this season.

The Raiders, who will be making their debuts in the GCTRL after previously campaigning in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, should prove to be very competitive - especially on the back of the three men up front.

Propping classy hooker James Marcus will be two of the biggest men in the game locally - former Currumbin prop, Brendan Robinson and an absolute giant who the shape of Troy Nairne who has linked for the Raiders from Bathurst.

The 185cms tall Robinson tips the scales at 110kg but he is dwarfed by his propping pal.

Nairne is a towering 197cms and a 120kgs of muscle and bone - he is a shade bigger than Jamal Idris, the Gold Coast Titans' star recruit who is just about the biggest man in the National Rugby League.

Raiders coach, Arwin Marcus, couldn't believe his eyes - and luck - when "this huge bloke" started work as a carpenter on a Gold Coast building site alongside him last November.

"I had just been appointed Raiders coach so after introducing myself to him, I immediately asked if he played rugby league and when he said he did, I didn't give any other club the opportunity to sweet talk him into playing with them," Arwin Marcus said.

"I've had some terrific reports from people who have seen him play and they reckon his is as tough as they come and also has his share of ball skills."

Completing a formidable front row will be Arwin's brother, James, a versatile footballer who played halfback for Bilambil Jets in their grand final victory in the Bycroft Cup last season.

"James' versatility provides me with plenty of options in the key positions of halfback and hooker," Arwin Marcus said.

"I'll probably start him at hooker in the 9-a-side tournament at Bilambil on March 4 and use him at halfback and hooker in the our trials against Currumbin on March 10 and a home match with Runaway Bay the following week."



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