Kade Snowden has been around the footy field plenty of times before but this weekend the 30-year-old former Newcastle Knights forward will make his boxing debut.
A year after officially retiring from rugby league because of injuries, primarily to his neck, the Country, NSW and Australian representative will take to the ring at Kahibah Sports Club on Saturday night as part of a benefit for Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League players.
Snowden, who helped coach the Belmont South Rabbitohs this season following his 174-game NRL career, tackles Swansea-based Des Bower in a super-heavyweight bout.
The Stroud Raiders, Glendale Gorillas and Dora Creek Swampies will also be represented throughout the 11 fights, headlined by a Northern NSW super-heavyweight title challenge between Jack Maris and Dave Leard.
The event has been organised to help injured East Maitland Griffin Nathan Pili, who continues to recover from a spinal injury suffered earlier this year, and the family of Karuah Roo David Smith, who died in July.
Tickets are available at the door and action from 7:30pm.