Rugby league legend Brad Fittler has been cleared to play in the Auckland Nines by the NRL.
Fittler, 41, retired from playing ten years ago, but is making a remarkable comeback for former club Sydney Roosters in the Eden Park event.
According to Tricolours centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall, ‘Freddy’ has not looked out of place in training.
“He’s a natural born leader, his presence is definitely felt on the field,” said Kenny-Dowall.
“He’s still a very competitive sort of a person and I’m more than sure he’s going to hold his own in the Nines tournament.”
The inaugural Auckland tournament on February 15th and 16th is approaching a sell-out, and NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg is delighted.
Greenberg said, “To attract over 90,000 fans over two days – including more than 10,000 from outside of Auckland – for the inaugural event, is a great achievement.”
The tournament will also see Melbourne launch their new @storm Twitter handle.
The @storm promotion will see Melbourne become the first Australian sporting club to have their handle appear on the coveted front of jersey position.
They now join a select group of sports clubs, such as Boston Redsox (@redsox), LA Lakers (@lakers) and New York Giants (@giants), in adopting their secondary name as their Twitter handle.