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Hurricanes set for re-scheduled parade

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/08/2016

TJ Perenara and his Hurricanes teammates will celebrate their maiden Super Rugby title through the streets of Wellington a day later than scheduled. © Simon Watts/Getty Images TJ Perenara and his Hurricanes teammates will celebrate their maiden Super Rugby title through the streets of Wellington a day later than scheduled. After a 21-year wait for a title, and then another day's delay while the weather played ball, Hurricanes fans will get the chance to celebrate their side's success.

The Hurricanes became the last of New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises to claim a championship when they beat South African opponents the Lions 20-3 in Wellington on Saturday night.

It was their third appearance in a final and the win came 11 months after they had lost the 2015 season decider to the underdog Highlanders.

A victory parade for skipper Dane Coles and his team through the central city was planned for Tuesday, but then postponed because of forecast wet weather.

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, when sunny skies are expected.

The parade will start from Parliament at noon and go through via Lambton Quay, Willis St and Mercer St to Civic Square, with the players travelling in open-top vehicles.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has urged "everyone to get out and show them the love".

Former All Black Chris Laidlaw, who chairs the Greater Wellington Regional Council, says the Hurricanes came of age in the final "by virtue of the fact that they played not just for each other but for their region as a whole".

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