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Super League to flood victims' rescue

24/01/2011 01:48:56 PM Comments (0)

The English Super League will come to the aid of Australia's flood victims with a fundraising night in the UK.

The event will take place at Leeds' home ground, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, on March 16.

Lifelong league fan and journalist Ricky Wilby came up with the idea following a conversation with Bradford's Australian coach Mick Potter.

"It was something we discussed and certainly an issue I felt strongly about," Wilby said.

"The following day Toowoomba got ravaged and I saw on the internet that (Parramatta signing) Chris Walker, who is from there, was raising awareness and funds in Australia and thought that we could do the same over here."

"We have all seen the horrific scenes on the news and on the internet and the sight of Suncorp Stadium under water just a few months after it hosted the Four-Nations final really brought home the fact that the people - in staunch rugby league areas particularly - are really suffering over there."

A selection of unique memorabilia will be auctioned and raffled off on the night, Wilby said.

Wigan's Australian coach Michael Maguire, who took the Warriors to the 2010 title, has thrown his support behind the initiative.

"Being so far away from the floods back home is difficult but that doesn't mean that we're not thinking about them," he said.

"To be able to help in any way that we can shows that, between us, we all have a real rugby league spirit."

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