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.

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