All Black jersey raf­fled

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

Pu­taruru busi­nesses are get­ting be­hind their St John ser­vice’s $ 5000 build­ing up­grade goal thanks to a do­nated black knit jersey.

Signed by all 33 New Zealand rugby world cup play­ers and man­age­ment, ASB has pur­chased an All Black 2011 world cham­pion jersey to be raf­fled off.

The ‘‘real col­lec­tor’s item’’ is dif­fer­ent to other signed mem­o­ra­bilia as it will have sig­na­tures from last minute ad­di­tions Stephen Don­ald, Aaron Cru­den and Jose Gear.

ASB Mata­mata Ru­ral man­ager Tony Kis­sick thought of the idea as he felt it would be good for the com­mu­nity part­ner­ship ASB had with St John.

He ap­proached lo­cal res­i­dents David and Mau­reen Smith ( par­ents of former All Black backs coach Wayne Smith) to get, at that stage, 30 sig­na­tures dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

‘‘Once I got the 30, that was cool. Once the squad got to­gether, that was when the Smiths played their part in get­ting the sig­na­tures.

‘‘ The big­gest chal­lenge has been get­ting those three other sig­na­tures,’’ Mr Kis­sick said.

The New Zealand Rugby Union, Waikato Union and ASB staff in Welling­ton, Manawatu and Hamil­ton have as­sisted in get­ting two of the three ex­tra names. ‘‘ Jose Gear had gone down to Welling­ton and we got him (Stephen Don­ald) be­fore he left for Bath. Cru­den was over­seas (af­ter cup cel­e­bra­tions).’’

Mr Kis­sick is still track­ing down Aaron Cru­den’s au­to­graph but es­ti­mates the value of the jersey will be around $2500.

Libby Kis­sick is a WIN­TEC jour­nal­ism stu­dent

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