Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Stands Alone Again Pirates out of Exile; Noosa Make a Return to Division One

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Stands Alone Again Pirates out of Exile; Noosa Make a Return to Division One

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Byline: Luke Simmonds

RUGBY LEAGUE: The club that produced the likes of NRL superstars Moses Mbye and Jake Friend is back for 2016.

Rugby League Sunshine Coast yesterday confirmed the Noosa Pirates would once again be a standalone club after a two-year merger with Gympie Devils under the banner of Northern Outlaws.

Both Noosa and Gympie will feature in the 2016 season, strengthening the competition from six to seven teams.

Rugby League Sunshine Coast CEO James Ward said both teams had met criteria to play and every Division One side had voted unanimously in favour of their re-entry.

And it appears the Pirates are wasting no time getting back to full strength after securing three international signings.

Alex Clare and Jordan Gale hail from first tier and second tier English clubs St Helens and Bradford respectively.

But most exciting is the return of Zach Friend - younger brother of Sydney Roosters captain Jake - from French club Albion who will join his younger brother Sam. …

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