Highlander and ex-All Black Brad Thorn powers past the
Hurricanes' Beauden Barrett during a Super 15 fixture in
Dunedin last year. Thorn and some of his team-mates will be
interviewed by Queenstown broadcaster Craig Ferguson and
former All Black Justin Marshall during a fundraiser for
the Wakatipu Rugby Club at the Queenstown Memorial Centre
on Thursday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Wakatipu rugby fanatics will be able to hear from
Highlander and former All Black Brad Thorn and some of his
team-mates at a special function in Queenstown this week,
before team's first pre-season match of 2014.
The Highlanders will play the Brumbies at the Queenstown Rec
Ground on Friday night.
Theteam will attend a fundraising lunch for the Wakatipu
Rugby Club at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.
Club president Damian O'Connell said the event had initially
been planned for late last year, when ''one or two'' of the
Highlanders were available. However, that had been postponed
to capitalise on the team's visit to the resort.
Hosted by broadcaster and Queenstown Lakes District
Councillor Craig Ferguson and former All Black Justin
Marshall, Thorn and some team-mates, possibly including Aaron
Smith, will be interviewed while ticket-holders enjoy a
catered lunch and cash bar, followed by a fundraising
Guests would also be able to watch the team during the
captain's run on the Queenstown Rec Ground after lunch,
There are 20 tables of 10 available and individual tickets on
The event starts at noon on Thursday. Tickets are available
by calling Locations Realty on (03) 442-7990 or emailing
Tickets cost $75 each, or $750 for a table of 10.
Gates open on Friday at 5pm for a 6pm kick-off, tickets cost
$20 for adults, children free.
The Highlanders' first official fixture will be against the
Blues on February 22, at Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin.