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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
5 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS 3964818AA NATIONWIDE Warranty Plus Pre- engineered buildings made in New Zealand for New Zealand conditions and lifestyles. Full contract design and build Up to 40 metre clear span Up to 7 metre stud height Kiwispan Wellington & Kapiti Coast Phone Ben on 0800 549 477 or 04-568 9119 Email firstname.lastname@example.org • www.kiwispan.co.nz Welsh fans arrive in Trentham Flying their flag: Welsh visitors, from left, Jason Humphrey, Neil Fox, Darren Major and Wayne Hubbard, and their campervan at Trentham Racecourse. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Lycra all over: Wearing their morph suits to watch the Welsh team train are, from left, Wayne Hubbard, Jason Humphrey and Neil Fox. Campervan Central: Trentham Racecourse's campervan village gets under way. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Five Welshmen were the first of 300 rugby enthusiasts to arrive at Trentham Racecourse's cam- pervan village during the Rugby World Cup. The group from the town of Bridgend in south Wales are in New Zealand to see Wales play four group games including against the Springboks on Sunday. A highlight was the powhiri at Porirua for the Welsh team. One of the men, Neil Fox, ended up at the side of the team when they were called on to the marae and received a wero. Mr Fox was inter- viewed on national television in Wales. The men described the powhiri as brilliant'' and cool''. They also watched the Welsh team train earlier in the day. Brothers-in-law Darren Major and Jason Humphrey, Jason's nephew Wayne Hubbard, and friends Neil Fox and Bob Hopkin are travelling together. All but Wayne are members of the Tondu Rugby Football Club. Mr Hopkin has been to New Zealand before and has relatives in Auckland. It is the first visit to New Zealand for the others. They arrived in Christchurch on August 31 via Asia, and took their campervan through Arthur's Pass to Greymouth, then through Murchison to Picton. They arrived in Wellington on Sunday, September 4, and stayed at a Newlands camping ground for a couple of nights, then drove to Upper Hutt last Tuesday. The nearby Tote became a popular evening destination with its quiz nights and karaoke. The men found New Zealand- ers friendly and helpful. Trentham Racecourse pro- vided the visitors with a bar and the shower and kitchen facilities used by jockeys. On Sunday three of the group wore lycra morph'' suits to the stadium game and had already attracted more than their share of attention by wearing the suits the previous week. The men were to leave Upper Hutt yesterday for Hamilton, New Plymouth and back to Hamilton before flying to Fiji and home.
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