Tickets to the Urenui Showdown rugby match selling fast

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Photo: Urenui (yellow) and Tainui (blue) teams following their annual clash at the Urenui Sportsground back in 2018.

More than 1,500 tickets have been snapped up within two weeks of the “Urenui Showdown presented by Firstgas” going on sale.

The event will see the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls play their final preseason match against Bay of Plenty at the Urenui Sportsground from 1pm on Friday August 2.

Taranaki Rugby are encouraging fans to get in quick for what is shaping up to be a sellout crowd of 3,000. General Admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketek by clicking HERE.

With support from Firstgas there will be plenty of exciting opportunities for young northern Taranaki children to immerse themselves in the carnival atmosphere leading into the big game.

Children from Ahititi, Uruti, Urenui, Mimi, Tikorangi and Huirangi schools will have the chance to train with the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls on the afternoon of Thursday August 1 and senior students will participate in rippa rugby at the Urenui Sportsground prior to the blockbuster clash.

In an exciting grassroots initiative, the local Urenui XV will go head-to-head with Tainui XV (Mokau district) at 3pm following the full-time whistle in the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls v Bay of Plenty clash.

Urenui and Tainui have contested the Rugby Shield since 1981 and traditionally play each other twice each year. Tainui are the current holders and have defended a string of challenges from Urenui in recent seasons.

Taranaki Rugby is pleased to announce that several northern Taranaki businesses have come on board as Supporting Event Partners for the Urenui Showdown presented by Firstgas.

  • Four Square Urenui – Situated in the heart of Urenui on Ngakoti Street, Four Square Urenui has been owned and operated by Barry & Ying Cox for the last nine years. Four Square Urenui is proud to service locals with quality groceries and is proud to be supporting local and getting behind first class rugby in Urenui.

  • Brokers United – Major Sponsors of the Clifton Rugby Club, Brokers United are based in Waitara and are a specialised commercial vehicle repair and paint shop. Owned and operated by Kurt Broker, the firm is proud to service the Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, lower Waikato and Wellington regions.

  • Urenui Hotel – Established in 1879 and located on the corner of Nikorima and Ngatoki Streets the Urenui Hotel will be the place to be once the on-field action concludes at the Urenui Sportsground. This classic Kiwi pub is the hub of the local community and will be rocking with locals and rugby fans on Friday August 2.

A limited number of corporate hospitality packages are still available for the event. Click HERE for more information or contact Taranaki Rugby Commercial Lead Kurt Leuthart – or 027 352 3742 to reserve your space.

Aerial shot of the Urenui Sportsground which will play host to the Urenui Showdown presented by Firstgas on Friday August 2.