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OZ10 Supporters Tour Down Under

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OZ10 Supporters Tour Down Under


Supporters Tour Down Under

Howes Etc, in partnership with sports travel specialists Traveleads, continued their successful Rugby League supporters tours Down Under with nearly 100 fans touring Australia and New Zealand for the 2010 Four Nations tournament.

OZ10 followed on from OZ06 for the 2006 Tri-Nations and OZ08 for the World Cup with the option of four, three and two week trips in the autumn of 2010, following England in their three qualifying matches in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland and staying on for the Australia v New Zealand Final in Brisbane.

With stays in eight different venues, the month-long OZ10 tour was led by Rugby League personality David Howes, Managing Director of Howes Etc, accompanied by Tour Ambassador Shaun McRae, Head Coach of Salford City Reds and Sky Tv pundit, plus Danny Hope from Traveleads.

To provide maximum variety, OZ10 had stays in Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Rotorua, Auckland, Cairns or the Gold Coast, and Brisbane, mainly using Rydges and Accor hotel groups. Long haul flights were with Emirate and Singapore Airlines, internal flights on Air New Zealand and Qantas.

More than 20 social events and excursions were organised for the OZ10 tourists, who included parties mainly from Hull, Castleford, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Rochdale, Manchester, St Helens, St Helens, Widnes, Wigan and Cumbria.

Highlights of this programme of events, all privately organised for OZ10 included:

  • Full day tour of Christchurch, including harbour cruise and gondola ride
  • Coach tour of Wellington and district
  • Cruise of Wellington harbour
  • Six-hour open top bus tour of Sydney city and the Eastern beaches
  • Day trip to Manly, outward by coach and return by ferry
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
  • Four-hour cruise of Sydney Harbour, including all food and drink
  • Coach tour of Blue Mountains, including tour of Penrith Panthers RLFC
  • Derby Day at Melbourne Races
  • Duck tour of Rotorua, including gondola and luge rides
  • Visit to Polynesian Spa in Rotorua
  • Maori cultural evening, including dinner
  • Visit to Te Puia in Rotorua, home of the Pohutu Geyser
  • Exclusive invitation to the International Board Awards dinner in Auckland
  • Coach tour of Auckland, including tour of Auckland Warriors RLFC and the NZRL Museum
  • Happy Hour attended by former Kiwi players who had graced the UK club scene
  • Six-hour Auckland cruise including tour of Waiheke Island
  • Full day tour of Kurunda region, out by train and back by cable car
  • Full day cruise to Barrier Reef
  • Dinner at Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club
  • Full day visit to Australia Zoo
  • Full day coach tour of the Gold Coast, including tour of Gold Coast Titans RLFC

A trademark of supporters tours organised by Howes Etc and Traveleads is guest appearances by personalities from the world of Rugby League.

OZ10 was graced by a host of Rugby League stars of today and yesteryear, including:

  • The Four Nations squads from Australia, England, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
  • Makali Aizue (PNG and Halifax)
  • Malcolm Alker (Salford Assistant Coach)
  • Vinnie Anderson (NZ and Salford)
  • Phil Bailey (Australia and Salford)
  • Dean Bell (Former NZ and Wigan Captain)
  • Frank Endecott (Former NZ and Wigan Coach)
  • Stanley Gene (PNG Coach)
  • Dean Holdsworth (Salford Captain)
  • James Leuluai (Former NZ and Hull FC)
  • Jimmy Lowes (England Assistant Coach)
  • Mike McClennan (Former Coach of St Helens)
  • Graham Murray (Former Coach of NSW and Leeds)
  • Dane O’Hara (Former NZ and Hull FC)
  • Feka Palea’aesina (NZ and Salford)
  • Jessie Joe Parker (PNG)
  • Luke Patten (Salford)
  • Mick Potter (Coach of Bradford)
  • Dave Redfearn (Former GB and Bradford)
  • Frank Stanton (Ex Coach of Australia)
  • Kevin Tamati (Former NZ and Warrington)
  • Joe Vagana (Former NZ and Bradford)
  • Adrian Vowles (Man of Steel and ex-Castleford)

Plus television commentators Ray French, Eddie Hemmings and Mike “Stevo” Stephenson.

Howes Etc and Traveleads offered a two-week OZ10 Tour, valued at £3,250, as a raffle prize for three year-long official RFL Testimonials. The winners were:

  • Eorl Crabtree Testimonial: Donald Stephenson, of Huddersfield
  • Matt Diskin Testimonial: Thomas Oldroyd, Dewsbury
  • Richard Horne Testimonial: David Muflahi, Hull

OZ10 marketing features included specially produced eight-page sales brochure, an events & excursions guide and a tip sheet, plus the OZ10 discount card.

An OZ10 Reunion was organised for May 2011.

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