Wiki to make comeback for tsunami benefit

08:35, Oct 04 2009

Retired Kiwis great Ruben Wiki will headline a New Zealand Rugby League benefit match to raise funds for the Samoan tsunami disaster relief effort.

NZRL chief executive Jim Doyle said the former Kiwis captain has agreed to make a guest appearance for the Samoan Residents against a Bartercard Premiership Selection at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

Wiki, 36, retired after an All Golds match against New Zealand Maori in New Plymouth last October, ending a career which featured a world record 55 tests for the Kiwis and more than 300 NRL appearances.

"Ruben wanted to be involved in some way to help support our efforts to raise funds for the people of Samoa who suffered so terribly from the tsunami disaster this week," Doyle said.

"We couldn't think of a better man to be involved in spearheading our relief effort."

Doyle said gate proceeds from the October 10 event along with other funds from a bucket collection would go to the Samoan tsunami relief fund.

The NZRL will be involved in another fund-raising appeal when it uses the one-off test between the Kiwis and Tonga in Rotorua on October 14 to raise funds for victims of Tonga's ferry disaster.

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