New rugby cen­tre

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT -

The Ho­hepa (Harry) Ja­cob Com­mu­nity Rugby Cen­tre has been of­fi­cially opened in Levin this week.

The new build­ing at Play­ford Park, was opened in front of Ja­cob’s wha¯ nau along­side Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Foot­ball Union (HKRFU) Board of Di­rec­tors and Rugby Com­mit­tee. The build­ing is ded­i­cated to Ho­hepa (Harry) Ja­cob’s con­tri­bu­tion to rugby in Horowhenua Ka¯ piti.

The cen­tre will be used as a de­vel­op­ment cen­tre off-field, with a meet­ing space for coaches, play­ers, ref­er­ees, per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s a great hon­our and priv­i­lege for our wha¯ nau that you’ve be­stowed the name of Ho­hepa (Harry) Ja­cob on this new whare for the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Union,” Arama Moore, great-grand­son of Ho­hepa (Harry) Ja­cob said.

“This is a very spe­cial year for the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Foot­ball Union as it’s our 125th Year,” Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Union CEO Corey Ken­nett said.

“Today is a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion to hon­our a great man and a great rugby player.”

The new cen­tre is the first build­ing the Rugby Union has been in­volved in since con­struc­tion of the grand­stand at the Levin Do­main in 1961.

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