New names join Hurricanes for a day
Future star: Leo Mitchell, 6, of Titahi Bay with Hurricane and All Black Conrad Smith and the named jersey Smith wore during a recent Super Rugby game.
Leo and his family stayed in Ronald McDonald House while he was kept in isolation with a gastric virus complicated by type- 1 diabetes.
His jersey was bought on TradeMe to be donated to him by New Zealand Wireless. N
aming rights to jerseys for the entire squad were up for grabs and each carried the name of a child where the BNZ logo would normally be.
Hurricanes fans made bids or entered a ballot for the jersey- naming rights and three were auctioned on TradeMe. The initiative raised $12,000 for Plunket over the five New Zealand Super 15 franchises.