Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Blues Looking Forward To Preseason Clash In Masterton

Blues Looking Forward To Preseason Clash In Masterton

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has unique memories of playing rugby in Masterton, but predicts his young charges will have a different experience next month when they take on the Hurricanes in their first pre-season Super Rugby clash.

"We used to play in Masterton a bit back in my day and the last time I played there a Frenchman chucked a rooster onto the field, it was a bit of a trend back then, so if our game is anything like that there should be a fantastic atmosphere,” says Sir John.

The Blues will take on the Hurricanes in their first pre-season game on Saturday February 1 at Memorial Park in Masterton. It will be an opportunity for both teams to give their players a run around and assess positional play. But it will also be a great opportunity for rugby fans to watch some of the country’s top level players up close in the flesh.

"I’m looking forward to it, it's a great way to start the season and the boys can't wait to get out there as well,” says Sir John. “It’s always good to travel to the provinces, albeit in the Hurricanes region, but it’s great for the locals that will get to the opportunity to watch some Super Rugby.”

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett is equally excited about taking the game to the
provinces.

“I’m sure the support at Memorial Park will be huge, and that will give the team a big boost in our pre-season campaign.”

"Playing the Blues will be a fantastic and entertaining match. They’re fierce competitors and an exciting side, which will certainly help prepare our team for another big season ahead."

With the Blues announcing an exciting squad that sees the arrival of Benji Marshall and the return of Jerome Kaino, Ma’a Nonu and Tony Woodcock, the stands at Memorial Park are filling up fast. Event manager Rosie Broughton says with only three weeks to go until kick-off there are still a handful of corporate tickets available online and there are still plenty general admission tickets left online and through our outlets.

Gates open at 12.30pm and the day’s festivities begin at 12.50pm with three Rugby Sevens clashes including one with a surprise twist. The Super Rugby game kicks off at 3pm.

Tui has teamed up with key match day supporters to make the day possible including:

Sharpes Stockfeed, PGG Wrightons, Trust House, Print Craft, Norwood, WBRFU, Cableprice, Wairarapa News and MoreFM.

• Timeline for February 1st, 2014

12.30pm Gates Open

12.50pm Rugby Sevens games

3.00pm Hurricanes Vs Blues

5.00pm GA Area Closes

5.45pm After-Match Speeches & Band in Tui Brewery VIP Village.

• Tickets

Available from Tui HQ, PGG Wrightson stores in the Wairarapa and Bottle-O

stores in the Wairarapa or via www.tui.co.nz

Price: General Admission $25 adults

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

EPMU: Fourth Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: Rick Ellis Appointed New Chief Executive

The Board and Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Ellis as the new Chief Executive for the museum. More>>

Couture: New All Blacks Jersey Gets Team’s Seal Of Approval

More than two years in the making, adidas has today unveiled the most technologically-advanced and blackest All Blacks jersey ever, four days before the highly anticipated match against England. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news