It will be a different looking “Zoo” for the Highlanders versus Stormers match on Saturday. Instead of super heroes and all manner of animals chanting their support there will be junior rugby players from all over the region dressed in their club jerseys.

The promotion under the “We Love Rugby” brand is to reward registered junior players within the Highlanders franchise with a free ticket to the match. Highlander’s commercial manager Mike Kerr said “with the Zoo not being open due to University mid semester break, it was too good an opportunity to miss to do something for our junior fans and support junior rugby registration days in our region”

Kerr added “We Love Rugby” is a concept that originated in the Deep South to celebrate all forms of the game. We saw no better way to start than by acknowledging our youngest and most important members of the rugby community. The plan is to hold a “We Love Rugby” round each year, next year incorporating coaches, referees and volunteers.”

All registered junior club players 13 and under will receive an invitation from Ben Smith to attend the game free but must wear their club colours. “I am thrilled to be inviting our regions junior players to come along and watch us play. I remember when I used to play for Green Island Grizzlies with my mates; we would have jumped at a chance to go to the footy in our colours” said Smith

“We are hopeful the junior players will come along with their brothers, sisters, and parents to lend their support. Every player in the Highlanders has been a junior club player at some stage and I know the team will appreciate the young fans coming along. There will be a relay race at halftime to find the fastest junior club and giveaway some prizes. The first 500 junior players through the gate will receive a free rugby ball as a memento of the occasion. Also as a special treat we are bringing back the good old days by letting all the kids run on the ground at the conclusion of the match. We really want it to be a good night out for our future Highlanders and their families” said Kerr

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