Centurions Luncheons

Save the Date – 10 July 2020

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had booked 10 July 2020 – the Friday before the Welsh test – for our famous annual fundraising luncheon. All rugby of course is on hold for now. Keep this date pencilled in your diary and we will be in touch as soon as we know more.

2019 Luncheon Review

In 2019, another very successful Luncheon was held on 26th July, which raised funds for the NZ Rugby Foundation and Centurions. Thanks to all those who attended (634) we raised almost $20k from table donations and auction proceeds, for the NZ Rugby Foundation to assist with providing care for seriously injured rugby players. The Foundation do a marvellous job in reintegrating severely injured players back into the community.

The funds raised also allow Centurions to provide additional rugby opportunities for players through our teams as shown above. The main organiser of the Luncheon, Paul Rolton and our President Erin Rush had many hurdles to overcome this year. The Stadium, besides increasing the price of the meal, also placed a large corkage fee on our alcohol and also imposed other charges which had not been in place in previous years.
This resulted in Centurions having to increase our ticket price. Despite all this the Luncheon was a success and we would like to thank all those who attended.

Following on from this Paul was not satisfied with the service provided by the Stadium and the increased charges which necessitated the higher ticket prices so he surveyed the table holders for their opinions. The main theme was that it was not value for money and that the ticket price was too high. This matter has been discussed by the Centurions management committee and it has been decided that we will explore the possibility of an alternative venue for next year’s Luncheon. There will be two international Test matches next year, one against Wales and the other against Australia. The thinking at this stage is to hold a pre Test Luncheon on the Friday before both Tests. It is envisaged that these will be smaller than in the past, approx. 400/450 at each event and we are already on the lookout for suitable venues and speakers. It is intended that both Luncheons will be back to the basics of good company, good food and plenty of humour.

We will keep you informed of details as they are finalised.