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Anzac commemorations at Super games

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

Tiny Hill, former All Black rugby player © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Tiny Hill, former All Black rugby player Tiny Hill, the oldest All Blacks war veteran, will pass the match ball to the ball runner in Saturday's Crusaders v Stormers Super Rugby match in Christchurch.

Super Rugby games in Napier on Friday night and in Christchurch and Invercargill on Saturday will also feature The Ode, The Last Post, The Silence and The Reveille as the rugby community plays its part in Anzac commemorations.

Hill played 19 Tests for the All Blacks from 1955 to 1959, including against the touring Lions side in 1959.

He joined the New Zealand Army and served in Japan in 1948 and played for and later selected New Zealand Army sides.

When war broke out in 1914 the All Blacks squad was in Sydney playing Australia, and on the return trip all committed to volunteer in the war effort.

In total 13 All Blacks and 150 first class players paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I, says New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew.

"On Anzac Day 2017 - 102 years after the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli - players, coaches, referees and supporters at all levels of rugby in New Zealand will join in commemorations," he said.

Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (RNZRSA) chief executive Jack Steer said the recognition of past generations and support for current generations of service men and women at the Super Rugby fixtures was greatly appreciated.

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