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Friday 23 September 2011 | Published in Regional


Cook Islands Rugby League (CIRL) is giving people the chance to get up and personal with the visiting Kiwis test squad and live a day as a member of the team.

The winner and a lucky friend of the CIRL Kiwi-Kuki test match text competition will gain special access to the New Zealand representative squad and spend the day with the team as they prepare for and play in the October 6 Rarotonga match.

The pair will also be fully decked out in Kiwi colours as part of the prize, blending in with the official crew from breakfast until the game finishes.

CIRLs Kevin Iro said the winner and a friend will have the rare chance to get involved with the Kiwis match-day routine and see firsthand how a national representative squad applies their trade.

And as a measure of what the first prize is worth, Iro said a similar day was put to auction last year and cost the winning bidder $14,000 for the privilege.

Second and third placed winners in the text competition will also take home some unique souvenirs from the Kiwi-Kuki test match.

The second place winner will get a fully-signed Kiwis jersey and the third placed winner will win a signed Kukis jersey.

To get involved in the competition, participants need to text 946 with the answer to this question: What NRL club does Benji Marshall play for?

Each text message costs 99 cents to send, so children are asked to get their parents permission before entering the competition.

The winners will be drawn on Tuesday, October 4, two days before the Kiwi-Kuki test match.