Lunch a trib­ute to Wiki

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The most capped Ki­wis league player of all time is to be cel­e­brated at a tes­ti­mo­nial lunch.

The 55-test and 300-game NRL vet­eran Ruben Wiki will be hon­oured at a lunch at the Eller­slie Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Au­gust 26.

League am­bas­sador Peter “The Mad Butcher” Leitch will host the event and says he is proud to be sup­port­ing such a great player.

“Ruben is a fan­tas­tic player who has been a great ser­vant to the game but more im­por­tantly he is a gen­uine man who puts oth­ers ahead of him­self,” Leitch says.

“Ever since I have known him he has never turned down a re­quest for help or re­fused to get in­volved with sup­port­ing a cause I’ve needed help with.”

Leitch says it’s im­por­tant peo­ple re­alise the lunch is for in­di­vid­u­als, not just cor­po­rates.

“Sin­gle tick­ets are avail­able so or­di­nary fans can take part too, be­cause that’s the way Ruben would want it.”

Sin­gle tick­ets cost $170 plus GST, but ta­bles of 10 can be bought at $1500 plus GST.

“Per­haps the best way is for fans to get to­gether with their mates and buy ta­bles to drop the price,” he says.

For­mer Ki­wis man­ager Gary Cook­sley, Auck­land Rugby League fig­ures Gor­don Gib­bons and Pat Carthy, for­mer Voda­fone War­riors travel man­ager Terry Baker and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers ed­i­tor-in-chief David Ke­meys are help­ing or­gan­ise the event.

It is also be­ing sup­ported by Ra­dio Sport, Glen­garry Wines and Spir­its and Lion Red.

For­mer War­riors and Ki­wis coach Frank En­da­cott will speak and Voda­fone War­riors and All Gold, Kan­ga­roo and Queens­land State of Ori­gin player Steve Price is on the bill.

Both Wiki and Ki­wis and War­riors leg­end Stacey Jones will be in­ter­viewed by D’arcy Wald­grave.

To get tick­ets con­tact the Auck­land Rugby League on 525-5592 or email jac­intaw@auck­land

Oth­er­wise call the Mad Butcher di­rect on 021-936-105.

Leg­end: League star Ruben Wiki will be hon­oured at a tes­ti­mo­nial lunch this month.

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