NRL Grand Final entertainer Macklemore may be currently whipping up controversy, but he’ll have to go hard to beat Carlos The Jackal when it comes to sending a rugby league crowd into a frenzy this weekend
Set to DJ Saturday’s GYG Rise of The Underdogs international rugby league event at Hillier Oval, Liverpool, the energetic Latino has built a reputation for giving sports fans the unexpected.
Born on Rapa Nui – also known as Easter Island – the Chilean showman fuses Latin American bachata, reggaeton, funk and samba with deep house, break beats and driving grooves from his pulpit on the sideline.
He’s become a secret ingredient in getting the crowd into the mood at a growing list of international fixtures.
On Saturday he’ll be doing a marathon set, with the day’s schedule including:
1pm Africa United U16s v Malta U16s
2.30pm Oztag Exhibition 1 (mixed all ages)
3pm Latin America V South East Asia – tackle
4.45pm Oztag Exhibition 2 (mixed all ages)
5:15pm Chile V Thailand – full tackle rules for RLIF points
7pm Oztag Exhibition 3 (mixed all ages)
7.30pm El Salvador V Uruguay – full tackle rules for RLIF points
We caught up with him ahead of the big day and asked him some pointed questions.
>> The Rise of The Underdogs on September 30 at Liverpool All Saints, Hillier Oval, Liverpool, features a full day of international matches from 1pm, with Malta Under 16 playing Africa United Under 16, Latin Heat Development facing ASEAN (South East Asia) at 3pm, Chile playing Thailand at 5.15pm, with the El Salvador v Uruguay showpiece at 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 an individual or $15 for two adults and children.
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