The stuff legends are made of



ORGANISERS of the Orara Valley Axemen's Big Week of League have revealed the names of the legendary players signed up to play exhibition matches at the Sevens tournament.

They include Brad Fittler, Rod Wishart, Cliff Lyons, Robbie O'Davis, Gordon Tallis, Luke Ricketson, Paul McGregor, Greg Florimo and Mark Coyne.

Cr Ian Ovens, Chairman of Council's Business Units Committee said the names on these lists read like a roll call of all-time rugby league greats.

"There are going to be some seriously nostalgic moments for many spectators when these players take to the field," he said.

"It just goes to show what a major tournament the Big Week of League has already become when it attracts retired players of this calibre.

"This is going to be a spectacular weekend."

The International Rugby League Board has already sanctioned the Fiji Bati v New Zealand Maori clash during the Big Week of League as a rugby league international match.

The game is expected to be particularly intense as both the Fiji Bati and NZ Maori teams are vying for a place among the 10 finalists in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

The match is part of the International Challenge on Australia Day, together with friendly matches between Japan and the USA, the Coast and Valley All-Stars v Cook Islands and the Coast & Valley All-Stars (Under 19) v Cook Islands (Under 19).

The International Challenge forms part of the official opening day of the Orara Valley Axemen Big Week of League, which runs from January 26 to 29.

Ben Payne, Manager of the Coffs Harbour Sports Unit said not only will fans get to see some of the greatest names in rugby league, but they'll be treated to world-class games in the same tournament.

The Sevens tournament takes place at the Coramba Sports Ground (TOFOG) on Saturday and Sunday January 28-29.

The all-important Fiji Bati v New Zealand Maori international test match gets underway at 7.30pm on Australia Day, Thursday, January 26, at the Coffs Coast International Stadium.

Tickets will be on sale at the stadium on the day.

The Coast and Valley All-Stars v Cook Islands game will also be held on Australia Day at the stadium from 4.30pm.

A presentation of Men of League Legends at 6.15 will be followed by exhibition games by the Barbarians, St George Dragons Old Boys, North Sydney Bears Old Boys and Coast and Valley Old Boys at 6.40pm.



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