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NRL clubs to fly in and help flood areas

15/01/2011 12:22:40 PM Comments (0)

The NRL community continued its support of the Queensland relief effort, with several clubs announcing they will fly to flood-ravaged areas and help with the clean-up.

The Parramatta Eels have united with fellow western Sydney clubs Penrith, Canterbury and Wests Tigers to aid the relief effort for the Queensland floods.

Eels players will fly into south-east Queensland next Tuesday for two days to assist with the clean-up.

Chris Walker, Carl Webb, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Burt and coach Stephen Kearney will be among approximately 20 Eels' based in Ipswich, mainly helping out in the badly damaged town of Goodna.

The Panthers will be taking 10 players including Petero Civoniceva, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote, Travis Burns and their coach Matthew Elliott to Karalee, Ipswich.

The Bulldogs are determining where they can provide the same type of benefit but in a different region. They hope to have it confirmed in the coming days. The Wests Tigers are also confirming details.

Parramatta squad members will travel to Goodna, spending their time cleaning up debris and mud from streets and property, mingling with the community and helping with the clean-up for the local junior rugby league clubs.

The Eels will fly into Brisbane Airport on Tuesday morning before being bussed out to Ipswich by Ipswich Council.

Parramatta Chairman Roy Spagnolo said the club is keen to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland through the floods and clean-up.

"I'm really proud of this club and the way everyone has pulled together to get the boys up to Ipswich to help in whatever way they can," he said.

"Rugby league always unites in times of trouble and the Parramatta club are keen to help, especially given some of our players families were directly impacted by the floods."

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