While in New Zealand preparing for the Dick Smith NRL Nines the Sharks are set to spread some rugby league goodwill with a number of school and promotional visits in and around the Christchurch area.

With the Nines taking place on February 15-16 in Auckland, the Sharks first destination will be the South Island town of Christchurch, where they have a number of community and school activities scheduled.

Included amongst their commitments during the week is a fundraising dinner at the Christchurch Casino, an event aimed at raising money for the local Canterbury District Junior Rugby League.

The ‘Dine with the Sharks’ opportunity at the Casino will be held on Wednesday, February 12, with Coach Peter Sharp and a number of Sharks NRL players speaking on the night.

Tickets to the dinner are $100 or $1000 for a table of 10, inclusive of a three course meal and drinks. They can be purchased by contacting the Canterbury RL (NZ) directly on 03 338 4531 or by emailing craig@crfl.co.nz to make a booking.

Also a part of their busy timetable in Christchurch, along with training and preparing for the Nines tournament, the Sharks will visit 10 local area schools on the Tuesday as a part of the NRL Community Carnival, spreading the NRL’s important Anti-Bullying messages.

The Sharks will also conduct a clinic for Christchurch junior league clubs
at NZIS, Middleton Park, Lochee Road, in further building on the relationship they have with the local area and the Halswell Club.

The Sharks will train at Lincoln University while in Christchurch, with the likes of Paul Gallen, Todd Carney and Wade Graham members of the travelling party and the Auckland Nines squad.