The Hurricanes have celebrated their maiden Super Rugby championship today, by parading through the streets of Wellington. It is expected nearly 10,000 Wellingtonians turned out today to witness history being made. With the team clearly signalling their intentions that a back-to-back championship is on the cards.
It’s the Hurricane’s first success in 21 years.
“It's good. It's good to finally win a final for once, and do it for our loyal Wellington fans,” said Hurricanes winger Cory Jane.
Initially scheduled for yesterday, the Hurricanes victory parade flooded the streets of Wellington today. Waiting one more day, after a two-decade drought, the glory couldn't have come any sooner.
“A lot of people have won a championship once and for us it's awesome and we're loving it and we're going to enjoy this but it's only the start for a group that wants to achieve more,” said TJ Perenara.
It's a fairy tale story. After being thrashed by nearly 50 points in their first Super Rugby fixture this year.
“It feels good to be out here with our fans as well. So it's sweet, it's a special occasion,” said Hurricane’s centre Matt Proctor.
“Kind of overwhelming, but it's all goods,” said Hurricane’s lock Isaia Walker-Leawere.
“So happy we could give them something to celebrate and be happy about,” said Hurricane’s flanker Ardie Savea.
A rousing reception at Wellingtons Civic Square, hosted by City Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown. In front of an expected 10,000 fans.
“It's really overwhelming just to see all the support, everyone turning up today, everyone’s smiling and very happy. Just a joyous occasion. It's awesome to be a part of it,” says Hurricane's back Nehe Milner-Skudder.
The sides six All Blacks now will stay in camp with the side, in preparation for the Rugby Championship opener in two weeks.