Rugby Southland fans set for absolute steal

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Julie Manson, left, and Lucy Brown set up old and new rugby gear for a one-day pop-up sale.

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Julie Manson, left, and Lucy Brown set up old and new rugby gear for a one-day pop-up sale.

Rugby Southland fans have a chance to snap up some special pieces of gear as the union releases old and new stock in a pop-up store.

The one-day event at Rugby Park on Thursday is hoped to clear some space by putting the region’s colours on its fans, instead of packed away in boxes.

Rugby Southland community rugby manager Julie Manson said there were plenty of items that could be bought for a bargain.

“People love this sort of stuff. It’s collectors' gear to be snapped up. Bring on Stag Day next year with this sort of deal. Stags fans have no excuse.”

Manson said they would love to see all the gear given new homes in the community.

“We’ve gone through the resource room and cleaned it out. We need a bit of space to cater for all our rep teams. We’ve had a good sort through and we’ve got old jerseys we can’t wear, but we’d love to see them out there being worn by our Southland rugby community and fans. They’re no good sitting in a box collecting dust.”

She said the gear would make fantastic Christmas gifts as the festive season approached.

“There are really old jerseys from the North Town days and various other representative teams, while we have kids’ size 10, right through to 3XL adults. Some of it is player worn gear, other bits are brand new.

“We have more shorts than we know what to do with. They will definitely go out at a bargain price. There are brand-new socks, used jackets and a variety of jerseys.”

The pop-up shop, with an entrance from the Southland Girls’ High School end of the ground, would be open from 11.30am to 2pm, and then again from 4pm to 8pm. Cash and Eftpos would be available.

”We want to cater for that lunchtime session. We want to make sure that a demographic of people can come earlier, and then cater to the others after school. There is plenty for everyone.”

The money raised from the bargains would go towards new kit for the various Rugby Southland teams in 2024.

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