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Kiwi league fans are in for a huge night of entertainment on Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Not only will there be three games full of bone crunching trans-Tasman league action but Kiwi band Evermore will be fronting the pre-match entertainment.
With over 300 live shows under their belts, an MTV award, a New Zealand Music award and a platinum record hanging on the wall, Evermore have taken the world by storm.
The band ? who have just released their latest album ?Real Life? ? will play three songs including their new hit Running.
The on-field action kicks off at 4.00pm when the New Zealand Universities team goes head-to-head with their Australian counterparts.
Then at 6.00pm the Junior Kiwis clash with the New South Wales Under 18 side.
And then at 8.00pm the stadium will erupt as the Kiwis go to battle with the Kangaroos in the opening match of the Gillette Tri-Nations series.
All three games promise to be full of big hits and plenty of try-scoring action with trans-Tasman pride on the line.
NZRL General Manager Peter Cordtz has urged fans to buy tickets early to avoid the crush at the gates.
With some great entertainment on and off field in the lead up to the big show, you don?t want to risk missing a minute of it in a queue? says Cordtz.
Tickets will be available at the Warriors Office in the Stadium (via Beasley Avenue, Penrose) through Friday and also Saturday morning to support the sales through Ticketek and Mad Butcher outlets.