The local junior rugby league season will receive an early boost with Uralla Tigers hosting an under 14 and under 16 nines competition on Saturday from 10am.
The nines competition coincides with the 2018 Hogs for the Homeless tour which will be visiting Uralla and Armidale on the day of the tournament.
NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler will lead the Hogs tour and will be joined by Danny Buderus, Nathan Hindmarsh and Steve Menzies.
The Hogs for the Homeless tour has run since 2013 but will be run for the first time this under the new NSW Rugby League Foundation.
The tour raises funds to help people in need and visits 16 regional towns in 10 days.
“The Hogs For The Homeless tour is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding times of the year,” Fittler said.
“The tour gains more momentum every year. We are all really looking forward to getting out there and giving back to communities who need our help the most.
“Sometimes the simple things like meeting people, saying hello and having a conversation can go a long way to inspiring them.”
H4H raises funds through merchandise, auctions and raffle tickets, with the first prize winner to receive a 2018 883 Iron RRP Harley-Davidson motorcycle valued at $15,995.
Since its inception in 2013, Hogs For The Homeless has raised almost $600,000 for Youth off the Streets.