The final Ranfurly Shield parade of the season will be put on by the Taranaki Rugby Football Union ahead of the clash against the Manawatu Turbos.
On Saturday afternoon the teams will face off in New Plymouth.
A Shield parade would be held before the match because the players got such a boost from the last defence against Canterbury, TRFU spokesperson Nikita Hall said.
‘‘They got so much out of it,’’ Ms Hall said.
‘‘It set the scene and helped the guys get a win over Canterbury.’’
This would be the last Shield parade for the season because if Taranaki win on Saturday the final defence of the season would be against Waikato on a Wednesday night, she said
A mid-week Shield parade wouldn’t really work, she said.
This Saturday was also ‘‘old timers day’’ – an annual event to celebrate the union’s heritage and a day where former Taranaki rugby players were invited to the match as guests, she said.
Old timers were encouraged to contact the rugby union and take part in the parade by riding in one of the many classic cars available, Ms Hall said.The previous shield parade before the Canterbury defence attracted about 20 floats and a crowd of about 2000, she said
‘‘Hopefully people will be inspired from that one and know they can make a real difference to the team.’
Ms Hall said the union had word that Manawatu Turbos fans were coming to town in full force.
‘‘We’ve had indications from Palmerston North that they’re bringing a herd of supporters,’’ Ms Hall said.
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