THE top league players from the NRRRL were at Bilambil Tuesday to trial for the representative team.
Competition president Brian Rix said signs were encouraging from the trial with a number of standouts.
"While we had a number who couldn't make it, most of the players were at the trial," Mr Rix said.
"We have always had good teams for the competition."
Mr Rix said one of the problems for the team was being able to get together for training.
"Our competition covers such a wide area, from Tweed Heads to Grafton," he said.
"I think the competition is going pretty well.
"Everyone is struggling economically at the moment and the clubs are working hard for the dollars.
"I think if we get through this year then the clubs will be in a good position."
The representative coach will announce the starting 17 this Sunday night.
Five players made the list of 30 from the NRRRL competition invited to trial yesterday.
Clinton Toopi and Dean Widders from the Cudgen Hornets, and Lyndon Murphy, Luke Covell and Sam Panting from the Murwillumbah Mustangs were invited to the trial.
This year the representative team will play Canberra in the first round of the CRL Country Championships at Newcastle on June 16.
"It will be a very hard game," Mr Rix said.