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After 24 seasons, the Wellington Lions are poised to exit Wellington’s main sporting venue and downsize their home for NPC rugby matches, in a sign of the provincial game’s battle with low attendances and challenging finances.
Newstalk ZB has revealed discussions are advanced between the Wellington Rugby Football Union (WRFU) and Porirua City Council to stage all home Wellington NPC and Farah Palmer Cup games at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua from next year.
The suburban ground, with a capacity of about 2000, has already been used as a regular venue for the Wellington Pride in the Farah Palmer Cup and a growing number of Lions NPC games since 2020. The 35,000-capacity Sky Stadium has remained the main base until this season.
Adam Cooper explained on Newstalk ZB why he believes the move is a good one.
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