Stags fans welcomed back to Rugby Park

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    “BRING the roar.”

    That’s what Rugby Southland is asking its devoted fans to do, now crowds can return to see the Southland Stags play North Harbour at home this weekend.

    For the first time during this year’s Mitre 10 Cup season, loyal Stags’ supporters would be able to watch the game which kicks off at 4.35pm at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

    The game will also see Southland Supporters’ Club members return to their clubrooms below the stadium.

    For supporters’ club president Tony Rabbitt, the return was a double celebration.

    After 15 months of being banished from their clubrooms, due to toxic mould concerns, members would now be able to watch the game while also enjoying a pint at their home base.

    After a narrow loss against Otago in a preseason game, a first-round win against Hawke’s Bay and a very close loss to Bay of Plenty last weekend, he was excited to see the team return home.

    “We’ve got a good squad, good team, good coaches.

    “I’m sure there’ll be a huge crowd there to support them.

    “It will be cool, it’ll be just what Southland rugby needed.”

    Rugby Southland marketing co-ordinator Jack King said the team had a real passion and drive this year.

    “We’ve noticed the noise and communication within the boys’ training.

    “It’s so loud but at the same time it’s really positive, we can tell they’re in high spirits.”

    Talk around the community about the Stags’ successful start to the season was also spurring on the positive vibe.

    “We find ourselves going to places and we can’t avoid talking about the Stags.

    “That’s the exciting part.”

    With “the biggest show in town” now back, King said he really wanted the positive talk in the community to turn into people coming to watch the game.

    “The boys are showing really positive signs this year and to continue the momentum we need a big, vocal home crowd because that’s just going to bring it to another level.”

    Tickets were available from ILT Stadium Southland, ticketek.co.nz or at the game. Two children under 14 would be admitted for free with every general admission adult ticket.

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