4 Oct 2009

Wiki back to help raise funds for tsunami relief

12:30 pm on 4 October 2009

Ruben Wiki will spearhead a New Zealand Rugby League benefit match to raise funds for the Samoan tsunami disaster relief effort.

The former Kiwis captain is coming out of retirement to be a guest player for the Samoan Residents against the Bartercard Premiership Selection at Mount Smart Stadium next Saturday.

The 36-year-old retired after turning out for the All Golds against New Zealand Maori in New Plymouth last October, ending a career which featured a world record 55 Tests for the Kiwis and more than 300 NRL appearances.

And Samoa's rugby sevens players have won the gold medal at the Mini Pacific Island Games.

Under par at the Namibia Sevens two weeks ago, the Samoans this time defied the odds to overcome favourites Fiji in a fine final in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, winning 38-12.