An exciting opportunity for club rugby to play on the pitch at Forsyth Barr Stadium has been confirmed by the Metropolitan Rugby Council. The series of club rugby games will take place at the venue from this Saturday, the 16th of June, through to 14 July 2012, with dates for a club final yet to be announced.
Join us this weekend to watch Alhambra Union vs Kaikorai for the Murphy Memorial Trophy, kicking off at 1pm and then stay on to watch Southern take on University A for the V.G. Cavanagh Memorial Trophy at 2.45pm.
The TicketDirect (North) Stand will be open with entry by gold coin. Gates will open 12.30pm.
The Stadium carpark will be open for use and can be accessed by either a gold coin entry fee or by displaying a Stadium parking permit.
For a full list of upcoming events at the Stadium click here.
The following club games are confirmed to be played at Forsyth Barr Stadium:
Alhambra Union vs. Kaikorai 1.00pm
Southern V University A 2.45pm
Green Island vs. Pirates 2.45pm
Zingari Richmond vs. Harbour 2.45pm
Taieri vs. Dunedin 2.45pm
Rugby fans will have a rare chance to get up close to the Webb Ellis Cup at Sunday’s historic North v South match.
The New Zealand Rugby Union today confirmed that the Webb Ellis Cup would be on public display in the main concourse of the South Stand of Forsyth Barr Stadium before kick-off on Sunday.
South Coach Tony Gilbert said the presence of the Cup would really add to the day.
Fans don’t get many chances to see the trophy Richie McCaw held aloft on that night we won’t forget last October so I hope they make the most of it.
“So my message to fans is come along, show your support for rugby in the South and really enjoy what promises to be a fun celebration of our great game on Sunday afternoon.”
Cup display details
- Sunday 10 June
- Level two concourse, South Stand, Forsyth Barr Stadium
North Captain confirmed
Graham Mourie, Coach of the North team today confirmed that Blues skipper Luke Braid will captain the side. Highlanders hooker Jason Rutledge will captain the South as confirmed earlier this week.
Four players have withdrawn from the North team because of injury; Alby Mathewson (Blues), Andrew Horrell (Chiefs), Charles Piutau (New Zealand Sevens), and Michael Fitzgerald (Chiefs). They have been replaced by Frae Wilson (Hurricanes), James Marshall (Hurricanes), Sherwin Stowers (Blues) and Fritz Lee (Chiefs) respectively.
Two exciting squads for the 10 June encounter between the Graham Mourie coached North team and Tony Gilbert coached South team have been named.
The squads boast a number of former All Blacks, players in the All Blacks wider training group, hardened Investec Super Rugby players, up and comers and a member of the IRB Sevens World Series winning New Zealand team.
The 44 players selected from Investec Super Rugby franchises are:
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes)
Toby Smith (Chiefs)
Josh Hohneck (Chiefs)
Dane Coles (Hurricanes)
Tom McCartney (Blues)
James Broadhurst (Hurricanes)
Michael Fitzgerald (Chiefs)
Filo Paulo (Blues)
Faifili Levave (Hurricanes)
Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
Scott Waldrom (Chiefs)
Luke Braid (Blues)
Brendon Leonard (Chiefs)
Alby Mathewson (Blues)
Andrew Horrell (Chiefs)
Hadleigh Parkes (Blues)
Richard Buckman (Hurricanes)
Charles Piutau (New Zealand Sevens)
David Raikuna (Blues)
Lelia Masaga (Chiefs)
Lachie Munro (Blues)
Robbie Robinson (Chiefs)
Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders)
Chris King (Highlanders)
Ma’afu Fia (Highlanders)
Jason Rutledge (Highlanders)
Quentin MacDonald (Crusaders)
Jarrad Hoeata (Highlanders)
Tom Donnelly (Crusaders)
Culum Retallick (Highlanders)
Tim Boys (Highlanders)
Scott Fuglistaller (Highlanders)
Matt Todd (Crusaders)
Luke Whitelock (Crusaders)
Jimmy Cowan (Highlanders)
Willi Heinz (Crusaders)
Tom Marshall (Crusaders)
Glenn Dickson (Highlanders)
Kendrick Lynn (Highlanders)
Adam Whitelock (Crusaders)
Kade Poki (Highlanders)
Buxton Poppali’i (Highlanders)
Patrick Osbourne (Crusaders)
Kurt Baker (Highlanders)
Coaches for both teams said the calibre of the teams meant fans could look forward to an entertaining as well as historic encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The match is the first North v South clash since 1995 which was also played in Dunedin.
South coach Tony Gilbert said he was grateful so many players had made themselves available for selection.
“We know how intense the rugby season is these days so it’s great that so many have been willing to put their hand up for the match which aims to thank the local community for supporting the Otago Rugby Football Union at this time.
“It should be a top match. There are a number of players in both teams who are on the fringe of All Blacks selection so I am sure they will have plenty to play for. And I know these festival style matches are always great entertainment so I think fans are in for a treat on Sunday.”
North coach Graham Mourie said he was sure his team would be working hard to make the match an exciting spectacle in the manner of past encounters.
“I have fond memories of these matches so I am really looking forward to rekindling that rivalry, in the magnificent Forsyth Barr Stadium. I’ve also got a score to settle having captained the North side which got thumped by the South in 1982!”
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Former All Blacks Captain Graham Mourie and former All Blacks assistant coach
Tony Gilbert will coach the North and South teams respectively, the New Zealand
Rugby Union (NZRU) confirmed today in unveiling details of the first North v South
match in 17 years.
The match will be played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday 10 June in a
city which hosted the last North v South match in 1995. The match will kick off at
2.05pm and will also be broadcast live on Sky Television.
Former All Blacks captain and Hurricanes coach and current NZRU Board Member,
Graham Mourie, will coach the North team. He both played and captained the North
in six appearances between 1976 and 1982 and will be assisted by former All Black
and current North Harbour ITM Cup coach Liam Barry.
Former Otago and Highlanders coach and All Blacks assistant coach Tony Gilbert
will take charge of the South team with former All Black and current Otago ITM Cup
coach Tony Brown as the assistant coach.
“We thank them for making a contribution to what will be a great celebration of rugby,
as well as an acknowledgement of the support local fans have shown for their union
during its recent difficulties,” said NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew.
He said the Sunday afternoon timing provided a great opportunity for fans of all ages
to enjoy the festival style atmosphere which marked the traditional North-South
match-ups in the past.
“We have taken the traditional concept and modernised it by having the players
selected from Investec Super Rugby franchises which makes sense given the teams
are already assembled.”
Players will be drawn from Super Rugby teams and wider training groups. All Blacks
will be unavailable given their commitments to the Steinlager Series.
“We expect the coaches to use this opportunity to allow up and coming players to
showcase their skills and the All Black selectors will have an eye on the match as
they keep abreast of the depth of talent we have in this country,” said Tew.
Steve Tew said the match was being staged in recognition of the backing the
Dunedin City Council has given to the recovery package for the Otago Rugby
Football Union. Dunedin City Council subsidiary Dunedin Venues Management Ltd
(DVML) will be marketing the match and covering all costs.
The match is not a fundraiser for the union and all proceeds will go to the city.
David Davies, DVML CEO, said: “We are really excited at the prospect of hosting an
event that we see as a true celebration of New Zealand rugby.
“This game will play on the spirited rivalry that exists between the North and South
Islands and we hope rugby purists will turn up in numbers, proudly wearing their
Super Rugby or provincial colours, to show their support.”
The match concept was proposed by the New Zealand Rugby Players Association.
Chief Executive Rob Nichol said:
“From a player’s perspective we appreciate all that the public and Dunedin City
Council have done for Otago Rugby during these challenging times, and rugby in
general through the development of a fantastic stadium. This game serves as a
means of saying thank you, and acknowledging the commitment and work of many in
creating the platform that rugby in the deep south now has.
“For players who miss the first All Blacks selection of the year the game presents an
opportunity for them to put their hand up in a meaningful fixture, born out of a
traditional rivalry that is the North v South match.”
Questions and answers
Who is eligible for the teams?
Players will be selected from their Super Rugby franchises and wider training groups
only. So it will be the Blues, Chiefs and Hurricanes players combining against their
rivals from the south in the Crusaders and Highlanders.
What is the size of the squad?
Each squad will comprise 22 players.
When will the teams be named?
The teams are expected to be named on Sunday 3 June after the All Blacks squad is
announced for the Steinlager Series. The North and South Coaches will act as
selectors along with the relevant Super Rugby coaches.
When will the teams assemble?
The teams will assemble in Dunedin around midday on Friday 8 June. Each team will
have a Captain’s Run at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 9 June.
What will players wear?
Teams will wear the traditional white and black strip, the North being in black, the
South in white. The strip is supplied by adidas.
When will tickets be available and how much will they cost?
Tickets will be on sale from 9am Wednesday 16 May and are available to be
purchased at all TicketDirect outlets nationwide and at www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
Ticket prices are as follows (inclusive of all ticketing fees):
Family (2 Adults and 1 child): $45 and $5 for each additional child