Long list of rugby stars

IF they were in their prime, the assembly of 'former greats' coming to Coffs Harbour for rugby league Centenary celebrations on May 28 would be worth untold millions on the open market.

The Australian Rugby League Development team have named a preliminary list of 21 invited guests including 'Immortals' Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and John Raper, along with a star-studded support cast of Test and Origin veterans, all given honorary 'Legend' status for the visit to Coffs Harbour.

ARL Project Officer Cindy Currie said the public would have plenty of opportunities to meet the players, some of whom are still playing top-grade football.

"The first group will arrive on a morning Qantas flight from Sydney while others who live along the North Coast will be bussed in on special coaches," she said.

"They'll attend a morning tea and mayoral reception before travelling to BCU International Stadium as guests of the local football community."

The Legends will attend the presentation of the schools tournament held in their honour before being welcomed on stage and introduced to the crowd by MCs Mike Rabbitt and (another Legend) Mario Fenech.

In recent weeks, all VB Gold Group 2 clubs have been invited to submit their own list of 'Legends' and these old-timers, including Australian representatives Harry 'Dealer' Wells (Port Sharks) and Jim Murphy (Macleay Valley Mustangs), will also rub shoulders with the locals.

"Our visiting Legends will move through the crowd during the night before sitting together to watch the feature game between the Coffs Comets and Bellingen Magpies," Currie said.

"I'm sure they'll be happy to sign autographs and talk football with any of the locals who approach them.

"Of the current players, Danny Buderus will be visiting and fans can meet him in the Telstra Dome being set up especially for the promotion."

Gates will open at BCU International Stadium from 3pm with entry by a gold-coin donation to assist junior development.

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