Topic: Rugby League

Masters of Rugby League NZ International Tournament kicks off

  • Auckland

Players have flocked in from around the country and the world for the annual Masters of Rugby League NZ International Tournament being held at the Manurewa Sports Complex in Auckland.  The international competition is in support of the national prostate cancer foundation awareness campaign, Blue September.

Uplifting health and well-being.  Ray Hess from Tama Tahito o Piripane says, "Never too old mate, never too old!  I will never retire, unless I can't run anymore."

Over 700 players are taking part in the Masters of Rugby League NZ International Tournament in conjunction with the prostate cancer awareness campaign.

Former Kiwi Peter Mellars (Ngāti Porou) says, "The white shorts and the black shorts they can tackle, the red shorts they can hold only, the gold shorts - the rangatira, they have flags on their sides."

Ray Hess and his side have come from Australia to play.  He started playing at the age of 12, he's now 66 and is still going strong.

Hess says, "These tournaments are always a great atmosphere, the teams you play always play in the right spirit and you kiwis absolutely look after us, I just love coming over to play footy."

Despite the bumps and bruises, it's for a good cause.

All funds raised during the tournament will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ.