Robbo from Rappville lost his house, pictured here, two doors up from the Rappville Pub.
Robbo from Rappville lost his house, pictured here, two doors up from the Rappville Pub. Marc Stapelberg

Former NRL greats to visit fire ravaged town tonight

SOME special former rugby league players will be at the Rappville Hotel tonight to lift the sprits of the community after the October fire that destroyed 22 homes.

One of the NSW Disaster Recovery team has connections with the Manly Sea Eagles team and has asked some former players to visit.

"We got a tip that Rappville is a big Sea Eagles town and one of our rural resilience officers has a connection there," NSW disaster recovery officer Jeremy Hillman said.

"He's got a number of past players coming along with a signed jersey."

Resilience officer Danny Burns said he met 'Robbo' from Rappville who lost his house in the fires.

Robbo has a Manly Sea Eagles tattoo and is one of the staunchest supporters, Mr Burns said.

Confirmed rugby league graets include Phil Davey (Sea Eagles), Mal Cochrane (Sea Eagles), Joe Thomas (South Sydney) and others yet to be announced.

The evening is a bushfire community drop in and get together organised by Richmond Valley Council and includes a free barbecue. Disaster assistance agencies will be there for advice.



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