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Origin stars take to the community before Sunday’s big match

Former Origin Great and TV personality Mario Fenech enjoys a great effort by some kids during a skills clinic conducted by Country Origin players at at Coff Coast Leisure Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Former Origin Great and TV personality Mario Fenech enjoys a great effort by some kids during a skills clinic conducted by Country Origin players at at Coff Coast Leisure Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen

RUGBY league stars of past and present joined forces at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park on Wednesday for the NRL Born to be Blue skills clinic.

More than 200 local kids participated in the event which saw the Country Origin side as well as legends of the game Alan Tongue, Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech running rugby league drills and activities.

Country Origin forward and former Kempsey junior Aiden Tolman said the clinics were a great chance to help grow the game.

"Coming from a country area myself I am really passionate about developing the grassroots of the sport," Tolman said.

"Country rugby League is the real heart of the game and it is important to support it.

"Holding events like today's skills clinic and working with local kids will make a big difference and it is something the players enjoy doing."

With the City Origin side arriving in Coffs Harbour today, local fans will have their best chance ahead of Sunday's Country v City Origin clash to meet their favourite stars.

A signing session in the Coffs Harbour City Centre today will take place from 3.30pm will see both teams signing autographs and talking with fans.

Tonight will also see players mixing with fans at C.ex Coffs for the Country Rugby League Sportsman's Dinner from 6.30pm.

Tickets for Sunday's clash are still available and can be purchased through Ticketek.

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