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NRL 2020: New Zealand Warriors, Cameron George, Tenterfield, Ruben Wiki

Warrior chief Cameron George wants to convince Ruben Wiki to retire at the age of 47.

But the former Raiders and Warriors hero won’t return to the NRL.

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The 55-game international Kiwi has been targeted for a return to the league – three years after the Auckland Nines – to raise money for the city of Tenterfield in New South Wales.

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Wiki playing for the Raiders in 2002
Wiki playing for the Raiders in 2002Source: Corp Australia News

Late last year, the Warriors announced they had adopted the city, which has been hit by drought and forest fires, for the next 12 months.

Part of this initiative will see the NRL club play a fundraising game for the city.

“We are talking to the Tenterfield Tigers and waiting for their draw to have a game,” said George.

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“Ruben Wiki is very interested, even Ben Henry.

“We would have spent a weekend there playing and doing some community work.

“We work a lot in New Zealand and if we can help some schools in their region it would be really nice.

Manu Vatuvei and Ruben Wiki celebrate
Manu Vatuvei and Ruben Wiki celebrateSource: Limited news
Fire burning on Mount McKenzie in Tenterfield
Fire burning on Mount McKenzie in TenterfieldSource: Regional media news

“We haven’t confirmed it yet, but it’s one of the things we’re talking about along with a fundraising dinner for sports clubs in the city.”

George, who spent his formative years living in a country town, said he also hoped that the Warriors could offer Tenterfield locals the opportunity to come and work with the club.

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The drought near Tenterfield in October last year
The drought near Tenterfield in October last yearSource: Regional media news

“It would help raise money for a pumping system for the local rugby league club, which will have huge benefits for the community,” added George.

“We are working on an ambassador program where people from the city come and experience how the club is run, which they can take with them.

“Knowing what impact we can have on small country communities, I felt that we could do something unique and that it would be to adopt a city for 12 months.”

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