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Sir Colin Meads For West Coast Rugby 125th Jubilee

The West Coast Rugby Union’s planning for their 125th Jubilee celebrations on 28th and 29th of August are in full swing, and proving to be very popular with the Rugby community. The Saturday night event at Shanty Town is now all but a sell out and tickets for the Friday night function at the Regent Theatre are selling well also.

Jubilee committee chairman, John Torrance, said his team are thrilled with the response to date, particularly from the West Coast Rugby community, both past and present. “It’s great that we’ve got attendees arriving from overseas, as well as around New Zealand and locally”. “We’ve got two great nights that we are really looking forward to putting on for everyone, as well as the much anticipated Rundle Cup clash against our close neighbours Buller at Rugby Park on the Saturday afternoon, which will be a feature of the weekend”.

Celebrations will “kick off” with an informal get together on the Friday night at the Regent Theatre with the opportunity to catch up with former rugby mates where old memories will be shared an no doubt embellished. There will also be the opportunity to meet and mingle with All Black legend Sir Colin Meads and 1974 Commonwealth games 10,000 metre Gold medal winner Dick Tayler. Saturday night at Shantytown will be a more formal event with guest speaker Sir Colin Meads and compere Dick Tayler.

Torrance said they will create a ‘wait list’ for those still wanting to attend the Saturday night, in case extra places were made available, and he also stressed that for those who’ve registered for the either night but not yet paid, to get in and do so straight away or risk missing out. “We expect there will still be people wanting to come for the Saturday night’s event, so if people aren’t forthcoming with their payment very soon, they may sadly find themselves missing out”.

“We’d also like to let folks know who are attending either or both nights, that if they haven’t already pre ordered a 125th Jubilee West Coast commemorative tie or polo shirt, to please contact Karen Burrows via her email address karen.burrows@xtra.co.nz before the end of June”.

Tickets for the Friday night can still be booked via the West Coast Rugby Union website www.westcoastrfu.com, or by contacting Karen Burrows by email. A reminder that the weekend is for anyone who has participated in West Coast Rugby at any level whether as players, coaches, managers, administrators, referees or supporters and their partners to come together and join in the celebration of 125 years of rugby’s very proud history in our province.

Team photo of the inaugural West Coast RFU Representative Team which played it's first ever matches in our unions history in September 1893. The side travelled on the SS Mawhera to Nelson, where they drew with Nelson 0-0, before travelling to Blenheim to play Marlborough where they lost 2-5.
Team photo of the inaugural West Coast RFU Representative Team which played it’s first ever matches in our unions history in September 1893. The side travelled on the SS Mawhera to Nelson, where they drew with Nelson 0-0, before travelling to Blenheim to play Marlborough where they lost 2-5.

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