Seven of Rugby League’s most celebrated heroes will be in attendance with specific roles at Magic Weekend, the seventh staging of Super League’s two-day extravaganza, when the event returns to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, this weekend.
Rugby League legends Andy Gregory, Lee Crooks, Bobbie Goulding, Mike Nicholas, John Kear, Johnny Whiteley and Billy Boston will be on hand throughout the weekend, when they will use all their considerable experience and knowledge of the game to determine the official Heinz BIG man of the match in all seven fixtures.
Each legend will take on the task of selecting the outstanding individual from one of the seven games played, with Goulding adjudicating on Catalan Dragons v London Broncos, Kear on Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Whiteley on the Hull derby, Crooks on St Helens v Warrington Wolves, Gregory on Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings, Nicholas on Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants and Boston choosing the man of the match in Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors.
“We are delighted to have some of the most recognisable and successful individuals in the history of the game involved during the Magic Weekend,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.
“Magic Weekend is one of the marquee events in the Rugby League calendar and it gives me great pleasure to see an additional element added to an already impressive weekend of Rugby League action.”
Rugby League fans are also being invited to get involved in the man of the match debate by tweeting their nominations for the individual award in each game.
Fans can tweet the name of the player they feel should receive the accolade by using hashtag #MagicMan and their thoughts will be shown to each legend before they make the final decision.
Tickets for the 2013 Magic Weekend start from £30 adult and £15 concessions for the day and just £45 adult and £22.50 concession for the whole weekend. Tickets can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
All seven Magic Weekend fixtures will also be broadcast live and exclusively on Sky Sports.