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Australian and overseas World Cup Rugby League stars today announced that they have joined the NRL in forming a unique auction site to raise money for the NSW bushfire victims.

From midday on Saturday, 2 November the NRL will launch a special auction site that will also include the chance to win half-way line premium seats for 2014 State of Origin and the Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

RLPA President Clint Newton, who has played with two of the clubs most affected by the disaster, Penrith and Newcastle (where he returns next season), and who is playing with the USA Tomahawks in the World Cup has arranged jerseys signed by each of the fourteen World Cup nations to be auctioned over the tournament.

The entire Australian team is also donating a jersey from every player to be auctioned between now and the World Cup Final.

It is a real credit to all involved the way players are showing how much these events affect the whole Rugby League community, Newton said.

At the Tomahawks we had the idea of a jersey from each nation, the Australians are donating a jersey from each player and the NRL and the NRL Clubs are also providing auction items to help raise money.

Australian hooker Robbie Farah said that all of the Kangaroos were calling on all fans to dig deep to help those families who had been devastated by the fires

We want to raise as much money as possible," Farah said.

There will be a real sense of rivalry among the boys in the squad to see who can generate the most money over the weeks ahead but it is all in a great cause.

The NRL will host all auctions at their website here with the Australian player jerseys starting on 12pm Saturday, 2 November, and World Cup team jerseys to follow.

Details concerning individual auction items, times and delivery details can be found by clicking here.

NRL Chief Operating Officer Mr Jim Doyle said that people needed to be mindful of how long it would take to rebuild in many communities:

A lot of the public attention fades when the fires move through but the needs of the families remain and this is just one way we can try and help.

Rugby League is a community game. Already weve had the Panthers opening their doors to support the fire fighters and the community and across every team people are looking for the chance to lend a hand.

This auction is a great way to collect some unique sporting memorabilia and experiences while helping those who need a hand.
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