Local rugby players help their mate

THE fundraiser to assist Brothers rugby union star Adam Jahnke in his rehabilitation is drawing close, but organiser Blake Perkins is already delighted with the response.

This week's fundraising is centred around a function at Brothers Leagues Club and, even though tickets cost $100 each, the response has been magnificent.

"There are only a handful of tickets left," Perkins said.

"I'm surprised how well it's gone. I was a bit worried to start with but we'll definitely make him some good money."

Perkins was in Brisbane on Saturday with the Brahmans and had the opportunity to talk with Jahnke who attended their game.

"He was in good spirits," Perkins said.

"Unfortunately he won't be able to make it back for the function, but he's looking really good."

Jahnke's father, Troy, is expected to speak at the dinner.

While tickets to Friday night's dinner is one revenue raiser, there are other ways organisers hope to raise funds for Jahnke, who was injured last November when his car collided with a train.

During the evening there will a series of auctions of highly prized memorabilia including a signed and framed Queensland Reds jersey and three Wallaby jerseys signed by an array of stars.

Former internationals Tom Lawton and Dan Crowley will also be asked to lift a pen and sign a Wallaby jersey which will also go under the hammer.

Getting the two internationals is a major coup for the organisers.

Crowley ended his international career after the final of the 1999 World Cup which Australia won 35-12 against France.

While the audience will delight in his rugby anecdotes, Crowley also has an interesting past as an undercover police officer.

Lawton too will have many stories of his days as a Wallaby forward during which time he accumulated 41 test caps.

During his playing career Lawton served under current Queensland Reds coach Eddie Jones and has stated that he and Bob Templeton are the two coaches he responded to best.

Apart from speaking at the dinner, the two former test players will be kept busy earlier in the evening when they attend Brahmans training at Rugby Park.

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