Friends and former rivals attend New Brighton Rugby Club centenary celebration

New Brighton Rugby Club centenary committee chairman Wayne Turner with photos of the club’s four...
New Brighton Rugby Club centenary committee chairman Wayne Turner with photos of the club’s four All Blacks representatives. Photo: Geoff Sloan
New Brighton Rugby Club celebrated its centenary over Easter weekend with rivalries from near and far, past and present, underpinning the festivities.

Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa club made the trip south to play a golden oldies game on Good Friday at Rawhiti Domain, the first of five games scheduled over the holiday weekend.

The centenary game was played on Saturday afternoon when the premier grade team faced Linwood. The jerseys worn by the home side were auctioned off post-match.

A centenary dinner was held at Addington Raceway on Sunday night, where multiple world and Olympic champion Eric Murray, who was recently named decade champion alongside rowing partner Hamish Bond at the Halberg Awards, was the guest speaker.

New Brighton’s team of the century was also named at the function.

“We’re delighted to have about 60 people from Whakarewarewa down for the weekend,” said centenary committee chairman Wayne Turner.   

“The club had a very strong relationship with Whakarewarewa through the 1970s and 1980s and we’re keen to rekindle that relationship.”

All Blacks and Canterbury prop Kerry Tanner joined New Brighton after moving from Auckland. Photo...
All Blacks and Canterbury prop Kerry Tanner joined New Brighton after moving from Auckland. Photo: Supplied
The club has laid claim to four All Blacks. New Brighton’s first All Black, Dr Hugh Burry, played 11 matches on the tour of South Africa in 1960.

The loose forward, who was never selected for a test, died in 2013, aged 82.

Hamilton-born prop Kerry Tanner played for New Brighton after transferring to Canterbury from Auckland, where a switch from loose forward to the front row led to him playing seven tests between 1974-76.

Lock Isaac Ross was capped nine times in 2009 while midfield back Ryan Crotty is the club’s most prolific All Black, playing 48 tests between 2013-19.

Ian Penrose kicking a penalty in the 1970 Canterbury v Southland Ranfurly Shield match at...
Ian Penrose kicking a penalty in the 1970 Canterbury v Southland Ranfurly Shield match at Lancaster Park. Photo: Supplied
Ross and Crotty are currently playing in Japan while Turner said Tanner could not be contacted.

Plenty of local ‘heroes’ were in attendance at the weekend with former Canterbury captain Ian Penrose, the current club patron, and Wayne Burleigh - a member of the 1982-85 Ranfurly Shield era squad - leading the way.

Former Crusaders Tyson Keats and Kieran Fonotia represent a more recent vintage which also includes current Crusaders prop Oliver Jager and hooker Nathan Vella.

Ian Penrose with some of his memorabilia. Photo: Martin Hunter
Ian Penrose with some of his memorabilia. Photo: Martin Hunter
New Brighton Team of the Century:

Fullback: Dave Bowick (1974-1983)

Wings: Ross Gibson (1974-1985), Alisi Tupuailei (1999-2018)

Centre: Kieron Fonotia (2007-2015)

Second five-eighth: Ryan Crotty (2009-2012)

First five-eighth: Wayne Burleigh (1976-1988)

Halfback: Tyson Keats (2002-2016)

No.8: Ian Penrose (1962-1972)

Flankers: Billy Harmon (2014 -), Jeff Wilkins (1967-1978)

Locks: Issac Ross (2004-2011), Eric Leask (1962-1974)

Props: Kerry Tanner (1966-1978), Paul Bell (1975-1993)

Hooker: Gary Bacon (1967-1969)

Reserves: Marcel Cummings-Toone (2003-2018), Ben May (2003-2005), Ian Boyce (1984-1988), Hugh Burry (1957-1960 and 1962), Graeme Ellis (1976-1982), Phil Burleigh (2005-2018), Steve Blackler (1981-1989).

Head coach: Ceddy Smith

Assistant coach: Craig Philpott

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