Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Prop Adds to Devils' Power

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Prop Adds to Devils' Power

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Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au

FORMER barnstorming Sydney Roosters prop Dallas Hood will make his first-grade debut for Byron Bay in their fourth round clash with Byron Bay at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, today in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

Hood, who played 72 first-grade games for the Roosters from 1997 to 2002, has been enticed to the club by coach Nathan Cross after playing a big part in the Tugun Seahawks' grand final win last year on the Gold Coast.

The 31-year-old also played 27 games for Wakefield Trinity in the English Super League in 2003 and 2004 before returning to Australia and the Queensland Cup.

"I think he really is the last piece of the pie for our team," Cross said.

"His presence up front will really help. He played at the Roosters for a few years but he's been at Tugun for a while and they wanted him to train three nights a week.

"He has a young family so I said to him to come play with us and train once a week.

"I knew him through footy circles but Eddie Harrison (second-rower) was pivotal in getting him down here.

"He would have played earlier but he's been away on holidays for three weeks."

The 1.95m giant will be one of the NRRRL's big men, which will bolster an already impressive Red Devils pack.

Hood will slip into the front row for Simon Kelly, who is out with foot and hamstring injuries that caused the work-aholic prop to miss his chance of divisional representation with the Northern Thunderbolts last weekend.

With Hood, former Queensland Cup player Harrison, Scott Stapleton and hooker Eli Colby, Cross now has a forward pack that can cause real damage around the rucks.

"Although Dallas is tall he's also really thick set and I don't think people realise that because he is so tall," Cross said. …

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