100 years of club rugby honoured in curtain raiser

100 years of club rugby honoured in curtain raiser

To celebrate 100 years of club rugby at Eden Park, two of the city’s oldest clubs will play in the curtain raiser to the Blues v Waratahs match at the ground tomorrow afternoon.
Ponsonby and North Shore will take the field to commemorate the occasion, the match kicking off at 3pm.
Ponsonby’s Director of Rugby, Bryan Williams said the two clubs approached the Blues for the opportunity.
“Being that we (Ponsonby and North Shore) are the two oldest clubs in the city we thought it would be a special occasion to commemorate the event,” said Williams.
The Blues agreed to the fixture and the ANZAC Day setting allows the club to recognise the centenary of WWI and all club players who were involved, most famously Dave Gallaher for Ponsonby.
Williams explained that Ponsonby will sport an old-school uniform, which has been modelled from photo archives.
“We thought it would be nice to re-enact that aspect of the game as well. It’s an old-style jersey with a lace up front and the old Ponsonby logo,” said Williams.
Ponsonby and North Shore have a traditional fixture each year, playing for the Jack Cox Memorial Trophy. Ponsonby are the current holders and will look to defend that title tomorrow.
The match kicks off at 3pm, with the Blues v Waratahs to follow at 5.35pm.