Girl power wins

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Maddy Nicol
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AMONG FRIENDS: Sword in hand, Maddy Nicol, 6, chats with The Maidens dancers Hannah Williams, left, and Ruby Hunt at last night Crusaders Evening of Courage child cancer fundraiser.

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The Crusaders may have been the drawcard for the night, but 6-year-old Maddy Nicol just wanted to talk to the girls.

While Richie McCaw hung out with fans in the background, the Paparoa Street School pupil was enamoured with members of the rugby team's dance troupe The Maidens at last night's Crusaders Evening of Courage.

Maddy, who is undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumour diagnosed a year ago, quickly warmed to the dancers and spent time playing with their props.

The fundraising event, now in its sixth year, was held by the Child Cancer Foundation.

It was lauded as its "biggest yet".

Injured skipper McCaw was joined by Kieran Read, George Whitelock, Jordan Taufua, Andy Ellis, Mitchell Drummond, Cody Taylor and assistant coach Aaron Mauger for the star-studded bash.

An auction put Crusaders merchandise and other items under the hammer to raise money for the foundation.

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