En­joy lunch with league’s finest

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Rugby league fans are be­ing given a chance to rub shoul­ders with some of the vic­to­ri­ous Ki­wis who beat Australia 26-12 in the An­zac Test at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Play­ers in­clud­ing Cap­tain Simon Mannering, Manu Vatu­vei, Shaun John­son, Thomas Leu­luai and Ben Mat­ulino will be among those at­tend­ing the Ki­wis Lun­cheon at the Eller­slie Events Cen­tre on June 12.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised and hosted by Sir Peter Leitch and will fea­ture a range of guest speak­ers in­clud­ing for­mer War­riors Coach, Ki­wis Cap­tain and NZRL Player of the Cen­tury Mark Gra­ham who is be­ing flown in from Australia es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion cour­tesy of Air New Zealand.

Other speak­ers will in­clude Voda­fone War­riors chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim Doyle, War­riors head coach An­drew McFad­den, New Zealand rugby league chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Holden and War­riors cap­tain Simon Mannering, still buzzing af­ter the Ki­wis’ big win in Bris­bane.

The day will fea­ture an auc­tion of signed jer­seys and me­mora­bilia from Sir Peter’s pri­vate col­lec­tion and will also pay trib­ute to the 2005 Ki­wis team as well as the 2015 side.

Tick­ets cost $100 and in­clude a buf­fet lunch and com­pli­men­tary drinks be­tween 12.30pm and 3pm.

‘‘This will be a great op­por­tu­nity for fans to cel­e­brate the An­zac Test win and get them­selves in the right mood to cheer along the Voda­fone War­riors when they play the Roost­ers at Mt Smart a day later,’’ Sir Peter says.


Ki­wis cap­tain Simon Mannering pic­tured at the An­zac test in Bris­bane.

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