Moree Bulls will have their first hit-out of the season on Friday night when they host the Goondiwindi Emus in a trial match at Weebolla Oval.
The annual trial match between their cross-border counterparts is an opportunity for both sides to have a run ahead of the season opening, and for the coaches to assess where players are at.
The trial squad will be a mixture of first and second grade players, with the game to be played over four 20-minute quarters.
"It'll give us a chance to have a look at some of the guys, and some of the new guys we haven't seen play and looking at different combinations," Bulls first grade co-coach Damien Kelly said.
"That's the main objective.
"We'll also gauge how fit they are; you can't get match fit at training, so it'll be a good opportunity to see if some of the guys need a little more work or not."
With about a dozen new players and an average of 35 players turning up to training each night, numbers this year are looking strong for the Bulls.
"Training's been going well, they're all keen," Kelly said.
"I reckon I've seen about 50 all up; they're not all there at once.
"Hopefully by the end of this month everyone should be settled."
At this stage, the trial against Goondiwindi is the only one the Bulls have lined up, besides the Classic Wallabies gala day on March 23.
Kelly said they'd like to get in one more trial before the first round of the Central North competition kicks off on April 6.
The trial match will kick off at 7pm this Friday, March 1, with gates to open at Weebolla Oval at 5.30pm. A full bar and canteen will be available. Entry is free.