Rugby club marks 125th birthday

17:35, Feb 06 2013
Jubilee
Kaikoura Rugby Club celebrates their 125 jubilee

It is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the country, and now the Kaikoura Rugby Club is hoping to celebrate in style by calling in names from the past as well as current players as the club turns 125.

Planning is under way for the club's jubilee celebrations and expressions of interest are being sought to make this a year to remember.

Jubilee chairman Winston Gray said he had received some good indications of attendees already, including some who were planning on coming from Australia for the celebrations, to be held over Queen's Birthday weekend.

In 1972 the club joined Marlborough from Hurunui, and Mr Gray said he was especially keen to get that team together again. He was also keen to encourage as many locals as possible to take part in the event, including past and present players at the club.

Mr Gray is also looking for support in the form of old mementos and photographic memorabilia.

The committee would appreciate it if people could let family and friends who have played for Kaikoura in the past know about the event, he said.

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The weekend will kick off with a social get-together on Friday evening, followed by the unveiling of an honours board.

Photographs will take place on Saturday morning and there will be club rugby games all day. On Saturday evening a formal dinner will be held, with guest speakers Dick Taylor, gold medal winner at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, and former All Black captain Tane Norton, who played for Kaikoura in the early 1960s.

For more information on the jubilee celebration weekend, May 31 to June 2, and to register your interest, visit the club's website, kaikourarugby.co.nz or their facebook page 

Kaikoura Star