REDLANDS Rugby League Club will host some of the code's greatest players for a star-studded exhibition match at Thornlands next month.
An Australian all-star team featuring the likes of former Queensland Origin players Scott Prince, Matt Bowen and Ben Hannant will take on a Redlands legends team from 5pm on Saturday, November 7.
International Legends of League events are held across the country and overseas, including Papua New Guinea, to promote rugby league and give back to local communities.
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The clash at Thornlands next month will be the first played under the legends banner since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers are giving fans the chance to get involved in the game by bidding for a place on the Australian bench.
The winner will receive an Australia playing kit, a pre-match experience in the dressing room and the opportunity to play in the match.
There are no restrictions on who can enter, with ladies and teenagers having participated in the past.
Tickets to the match are now on sale at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families.
There will be a series of events held in the lead-up to the game, including a dinner with players on Friday night and a coaching clinic for children at North Stradbroke Island.
Organiser Craig Teevan said there was a mix of players from different eras in the Australian team, giving people from different generations a slice of nostalgia.
"It is a big winner and it gives the public the chance to mingle with players from yesteryear in a family-orientated environment," he said.
"We welcome the kids and adults onto the field after the game for autographs.
"The guys that we take around have been apart of the concept for a while and they know about giving back to communities.
"The last one we did was in Cherbourg this year. We wanted to do one within the area and were told Redlands had a great rugby league following."
Teevan said funds raised during the tour would go back into local rugby league, while players and staff would spend money locally at restaurants and cafes.
"It is a win-win, no-risk opportunity for these guys because they don't have to put any costs or anything up and they benefit from the sales," he said.
"We have seen some areas benefit $30,000, so if we can replicate a crowd of about 4000 people, then I am sure there is going to be great funds for Redlands to be spent among their junior programs."
Redlands Parrots president Todd Flahey said the match was an amazing opportunity for the club and community.
"It is a little bit of something we have all missed out on this year," he said.
"We are pretty stoked to be able to bring it to our Redlands community.
"There was a time where we were unsure it was going to happen but we pushed ahead because this is something the community needs at the moment."
Redlands last played host to a high-profile fixture in 2016, when NRL side St George Illawarra played a pre-season match at Pinklands against Wynnum-Manly.
Tickets to the legends match can be bought at redlandsrlc.com/shop, while the auction for a chance to play with the Australian legends team can be lodged with Redlands Rugby League Club.
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