Rugby fans will get the chance to meet Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui and Aaron Cruden, as well as former All Blacks and Tauranga Boys’ College student Tanerau Latimer in Tauranga tonight.
The four Chiefs players, as well as former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith, are taking part in a question and answer session at the Holy Trinity Church from 5.15pm to raise money for the Waipuna Hospice.
The fundraiser, ‘A Chat with the Chiefs’, is a chance for fans hear the players talk about their season so far and to ask the players whatever they want to know.
There will also be a meet and greet and a signing session before the main event.
Waipuna Hospice fundraising manager Trish Rae says the response so far has been good but she is encouraging more people to come and see this one-time event.
“It’s been quite good, given there’s a lot else on at the moment.”
She says, depending on how many door sales are sold, there will be around 350 – 400 people attending – but the auditorium seats 800.
Trish says she met some of the players recently and they were “lovely young lads”.
“I just struck with how nice they were.
“I came away thinking what lovely young men.”
She says the men are ready to answer their fans grilling questions but she hopes people will not be too cheeky.
“It should be a really good night.”
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for students and will be available at the door or can be bought from the Waipuna Hospice, Holy Trinity Church, WBOP District Council offices at Barkes Corner, Katikati and Te Puke, Waipuna Hospice Secondhand shops on Cameron Rd and Fraser St, or online at www.waipuna-hospice.co.nz