Finals in Porirua
Porirua’s newly named Jerry Collins Stadium will host the 2016 Wellington rugby finals on August 6.
The Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup premier rugby deciders will be played in Porirua for the second year running.
It will also double as the Wellington Lions’ season launch ahead of their Mitre 10 Cup campaign.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said thousands had attended the finals last year and the city was thrilled to be hosting the event again.
‘‘Porirua is passionate about its rugby and we expect the newly named Jerry Collins Stadium to be packed out on what is always a popular and exhilarating day on the rugby calendar.
‘‘Porirua Park is a top quality ground and these high calibre matches will provide a fun and exciting day for everyone.’’
Wellington Rugby chief executive Steve Rogers said the 2016 finals day was already shaping as a coming together of the local rugby community.
‘‘Firstly, this is another great way to remember Jerry Collins and he would have loved to see the Jubilee Cup contested on a ground bearing his name and in his home town.’’
During the day several Wellington Lions players would run activities for kids, man barbecues and mix and mingle with the crowd.