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Plans under way for tribute

Sir Brian Lochore’s All Black jersey, with the Lochore Cup and a replica of William Webb Ellis Trophy on display at Memorial Park. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM

MARCUS ANSELM
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A remembrance book was opened for Sir Brian Lochore yesterday at Memorial Park, scene of many of his triumphs.

Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union chief executive Tony Hargood said the union was working with local government and the national union ahead of Thursday’s service at the park to celebrate Sir Brian’s life.

“We’ve had a great assistance from the rugby community, and have people coming down to ensure the park looks a million dollars, as is fitting,” he said.

“We’ve had great support from Masterton District Council, Carterton District Council and NZ Rugby.”

A team from the union has been working closely with Sir Brian’s family, who along with friends and supporters have provided a collection of memorabilia from Sir Brian’s life and career on display.

The union’s club rooms at Memorial Park, where the main stand bears his name, will be open today, for those wishing to sign the remembrance book.

Items on show include a replica of the William Webb Ellis World Cup, the Lochore Cup, and one of Sir Brian’s All Blacks test jersey.

Dignitaries from the rugby world and government are expected to attend Thursday’s service, with Sports and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson’s office confirming he would be present.

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