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Petone Rugby Club to Play Match in North Canterbury
One of the proudest and most successful rugby clubs in the country, Petone from Wellington, will be playing a pre-season match in North Canterbury this season.
Founded in 1885, the Petone Club, who are celebrating their 125th Jubilee this year, have a very proud tradition, with a steady stream of Wellington Championship victories to boast of. At least two Petone men, Andy Leslie and Tana Umaga, have captained the All Blacks while others from the Club to have worn the silver fern in more recent times include Neemia Tialata and Ross Filipo. Arguably the greatest of all the Petone All Blacks was the very fine prop, Ken Gray, and in the mid 90’s the Club established the “Ken Gray Academy” to help develop the skills of some of the Club’s more promising players and thus ensure the on-going strength of their Senior team.
The Club were planning a pre-season visit to Canterbury as a lead into their 125th season and approached former All Black, and All Black Coach, Alex Wyllie, who is currently a North Canterbury selector, testing out the feasibility of an early season match. Alex was happy to oblige as he also saw it as an opportunity to get some more exposure against quality opposition for some of North Canterbury’s better players. He agreed to co-ordinate a North Canterbury selection to play Petone.
The match will be played at the Mandeville grounds on Friday 5 March at 6.30 p.m.
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