PERU Rugby League sponsor Chris Ives has never even set foot in the Andean country – although some say it’s the only team he’s never played for.
The Rugby League fanatic and journeyman has shown his support for international league by backing Peru with his MATV/SMATV company Retro-Com.
Still playing Masters football for Samford Stags, north-west of Brisbane, Ives has featured for a remarkable eight clubs in Queensland and coached two premierships.
“I’d just like to see the game grow,” Ives said of Retro-Com’s support for Peru.
“Rugby League’s given me a lot of enjoyment over the years and to see new people, new cultures, having the chance to participate is great.”
Ives’ grandfather Jim Martin played five times for Queensland in 1947-18, featuring in the same side as Eddie Brosnan and Ted Verrenkamp, as well as captaining the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
While not quite reaching the same heights, Chris was a weekend warrior for a bevy of clubs in Brisbane’s Second Division, including Wests Mitchelton, Wests Arana Hills Stafford Bulldogs, Stafford Tigers, Alderley Raiders, Everton Park Hotel and Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Peru will play Uruguay in 9-a-side football as the main curtain-raiser to the historic Chile v El Salvador 13-a-side international game at Henson Park, Newtown, Sydney on June 11.
Known as the Emperadores (The Emperors), Peru was last year runner-up to Chile in the first Latino 7s Rugby League tournament.
Fans simply need to show their ticket to the Pacific Test to staff at the Henson Park gate and enter the ground before 1.30pm for the 50 per cent discount.
The clash between Chile and El Salvador will be the first time two Latino sides have competed in a full 13-on-13, 80-minute contest.
Further details can be found at this EVENT PAGE.
The efforts of the 100% volunteer-run Latin Heat Rugby League are supported by Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, S.H.I.E.L.D Security, Tattoo Tears, OneBigSwitch.com.au, Jani-King Cleaning, SeriousAboutRL.com, Rugby League Team Manager 2015 computer game, Retrocom Digital TV Specialists, Colombianos en Brisbane, Link Australia Student Services, Raw Juicery, SEMCAR Mechanics, Lichtnauer and Associates Accountants, Cabramatta Ink, Majestic Property Maintenance, and Darkside Studio Photography.