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and the clubs’ foresight in ensuring this tournament is viable from year one. “This result, alongside the willingness of the teams and their star players to be involved, confirms our belief that this will be New Zealand’s biggest summer event. It immediately connected with our business and our customers and has clearly connected with the rugby league community on both sides of the Tasman. “The team at Dick Smith are excited about the event and the two outstanding days of fast paced attacking rugby league at Eden Park in Auckland.” Duco Events Director David Higgins backed Mr Abboud’s comments: “I am not surprised by the ticket sales as the event is unique. Unlike other circuit events this is the best-of-the-best coming together for two days of high intensity football for the biggest purse ever offered in any sport and at any time in New Zealand.” Ticket sales have been helped by the agreement between the tournament and the NRL’s 16 clubs which guarantees at least one top five player from each club’s salary cap will play in Auckland alongside at least 12 of each club’s top 25 salary capped players. The quality of the teams has also been matched by the prize pool with the winning team at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines banking a winners cheque of $AUD370,000 and the stunning tournament trophy – an organic fusion of NRL Auckland Nines brand identity and rugby league links designed by renowned Australian sculptor Roger Apte. The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines has also gained support from a long line of rugby league

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royalty including State of Origin coaches Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley, Newcastle Knights mentor and arguably one of the game’s greatest coaches Wayne Bennett and Queensland and Australia great

Steve Price. They have all thrown their support behind the event and the “unique celebration of rugby league”. Event details and tickets at www. ticketek.co.nz

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