Three-pronged attack from Aussies for title
The Kiwis will have to fend off an unexpected three-pronged attack from Australian bachelors in a competition to find the top rural hunk.
Organisers were originally going to line up two Aussie finalists in an eight-man field vying for the Rural Bachelor of the Year title at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek in June.
In a last-minute change of heart the Australian contingent has grown to three rural bachelors. Aussies were added to the competition this year in line with an international theme for the event.
Fieldays communications executive Vicki Annison said the decision to extend the Aussie lineup to three was based on the strength of their entries.
She said the Australians would add spice to the trans-Tasman contest.
"These men have already proved on paper that they have the drive and determination to contest the Kiwi lads' reign on the title, as well as meet our gorgeous Kiwi ladies whilst competing."
The Australians are Andrew Blake, an organic farmer from New South Wales, merino stud farm manager Dan Korff from Victoria and third generation farmer Sam Tretheway, who works on a family farm in Victoria.
The trio have already revealed they will stop at nothing after declaring they liked to spend time with a sweetheart watching the sunset over a fine bottle of wine, and a picnic lunch on the back of a ute.