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Hurricanes storm Dannevirke and Palmerston North

Six Hurricanes blew into Farmlands Dannevirke for a morning of fun last month, before heading to Palmerston North and beating the Brumbies in front of the sold-out shareholder zone.

Finlay Christie, Sam Henwood, Jonah Lowe, Salesi Rayasi, Fletcher Smith and Heiden Bedwell-Curtis visited the store to have breakfast with local shareholders, take part in a question and answer session and hold a skills and drills session with the kids. There was also a farmer versus Hurricanes challenge where shareholders tested the rugby players’ farming skills, which surprisingly, the rugby boys won.

Afterward, some lucky fans got to go on the bus from Farmlands Dannevirke to Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North where they attended the Hurricanes Captain’s Run, met the players and got their signatures. The next day the Hurricanes beat the Brumbies 43-13 in an impressive display, which saw second-five Ngani Laumape score a hat-trick in front of his home crowd.

More than 1,000 Farmlands shareholders who attended the 1st March match got to sit in the soldout Farmlands Co-operative Zone. Tickets for the zone were cheaper for shareholders and they could also get free tickets if they spent a certain amount in-store.

 The game marked 23 years since the Hurricanes played their first match, which happened to be at the same stadium. It was the first time the team had played in Palmerston North in 3 years.

Samuel and Liam Drought, from a shareholder family in Taranaki, flew onto the field in an A109 helicopter and delivered the game ball before heading to their seats before kick-off. Farmlands Dannevirke Business Manager, Ciaran Driscole says it was great to have the Hurricanes visit the store and they had the best feedback. “Shareholders were still buzzing the day after and even came back into the shop the next day just for a de-brief. It was great for our small town to get some hype around Super Rugby and they really turned out for it too. We must have had in excess of 200 kids I reckon!”