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BIG NAMES: The International Legends of League will hit the Whitsundays next week with players including John Hopoate and Nathan Blacklock.
BIG NAMES: The International Legends of League will hit the Whitsundays next week with players including John Hopoate and Nathan Blacklock. Valerie Horton

RUGBY LEAGUE: Australian rugby league legends against local Whitsunday diehards, the International Legends of League match is just around the corner.

Featuring the likes of Petero Civoniceva and Scott Prince, the Whitsunday region is set for a week long line-up of events as the game of rugby league takes over the town, with the main event a match between the Australian All Stars and Whitsunday All Stars in Bowen.

Due to Cyclone Debbie, the Legends of League will be a free event on Saturday, May 20 with the Brahmans playing their A-grade match against Moranbah and a stack of other regional matches.

The league legends will visit schools on Wednesday and Thursday next week including Whitsunday Christian College, Proserpine State and High Schools as well as Bowen and Collinsville schools.

On Friday, May 19, a massive day of events are planned including a special bowls day for sponsors at Airlie Beach from 1pm and a cocktail function at Mantra Club Croc from 6.30pm.

The players will also appear at Whitsunday Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 20 at 10.30am.

Mantra Club Croc general manager Luke Harley said they were putting on special accommodation packages for the event as well as a cracker of a night on Friday, May 19.

"We have a 100 tickets available to the public for sale to come and interact with the players," he said.

"It's an opportunity for people to interact with the players. They are all good guys and they're here for a good cause. It's a chance for everyone at the event to have a drink and come say hello. It's a great opportunity to be part of that."

The cocktail event is an $80 four-hour food and beverage package with live auctions and raffles on the night and the chance to rub shoulders with some rugby league greats.

"The whole thing is going to be fantastic for a regional event," Mr Harley said.

Tickets can be purchased at Mantra Club Croc reception or by emailing clubcroc.conf@ mantra.com.au.

League of Legends organiser Troy Byers said they were also seeking people interested in getting a free return bus to Bowen on game day, May 20, at 2pm. People interested should contact legendsofleague @live.com.au.

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