NRL drought tour on the way

Former Balmain Tigers hooker Ben Elias and former Penrith Panthers player and commentator Darryl Brohman are two of the NRL Men of League who will be hosting a barbeque breakfast this Sunday morning.

The Men of League – Tackling the Drought tour will be making a stop in Narrandera this Sunday. Starting at 9.30am at the Henry Mathieson Oval, the tour brings former and current NRL players to rural and regional centres across NSW.

Darryl Brohman, Kevin Hastings, Benny Elias, Rod Maybon, Paul Clarke, Greg Brentnall, Ron Ryan, Bruce McGuire, Chris Mortimer are heading out to the western Riverina, stopping at Griffith, Rankins Springs and Narrandera.

The Narrandera leg of the tour will involve a barbecue breakfast, a meet and greet with players, NRL merchandise giveaway and a mini clinic for kids. The tour was started by former South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Joe Taylor.

Taylor paid a visit to Mudgee earlier in the winter, and was shocked to find that farmers were having to truck in water to keep their crops alive.

He wanted to do something that would provide emotional and psychological support, rather than simply financial.

Taylor’s idea grew legs and soon enough the Men of League foundation got involved, with many current and former rugby league players putting their hands up to be a part of the tour.

There are five tour buses in total, each travelling to different parts of the state. The Men of League foundation deliberately focussed on less populated towns and communities.

Other places on the tour include Glen Innes, Inverell, Armidale, Coolah, Cassilis, Merriwa, Scone, Narromine, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Parkes, Cowra and Forbes.

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