Past and future of Stags represented in sister-city game
Some Southland rugby players from yesteryear are dusting off the rugby boots to play in a game tomorrow night as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Invercargill-Kumagaya sister city relationship.
The rugby game between the Mayor of Invercargill XV and a Mayor of Kumagaya XV is one of two free public events to mark the occasion.
The other is a re-signing of the sister-city agreement ceremony at the Civic Theatre.
The two teams will be captained by long-serving Stags hookers David Hall and Jason Rutledge and among the players to come out of retirement for the game are guys that have played plenty of games for Southland over the years, including Davin Heaps, Pilate Fili, Paul Miller, Iona Sipa and Jeremy Winders.
Hall has been entrusted with the job of organising the two teams and has enticed many of his former team-mates out of retirement for the game.
There will also be some current Stags players involved, including first five-eighth Scott Eade, and some promising schoolboy players from around the province have been invited to play as well.
The celebrations have been reported to cost Invercargill ratepayers $39,000, paid for from the existing sister-city budget.
Tomorrow night's game will be played at Rugby Park.
It is free of charge and will kick off at 7pm.
The Southland Times