Parade for Chiefs unlikely

By Sandra Conchie

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A Tauranga street parade for rugby champions the Chiefs is up in the air because of player commitments.

Super Rugby champions the Chiefs and their fans planned to celebrate the team's 37-6 win over the Sharks on Saturday with a street parade through central Hamilton at midday today.

Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby said there was a huge Chiefs fan base in the city.

"The real problem is whether there will be lots of players available given their other rugby commitments and obligations, but if it is at all possible there will be one ... We are just waiting for confirmation from the Chiefs," he said.

Mr Crosby said if the parade was not possible on Saturday, a combined parade for the Chiefs and returning local Olympians could be another option.

Chiefs CEO Gary Dawson said it was highly unlikely a parade would be held on Saturday due to player commitments, with team members returning to their provinces or the All Blacks.

Mr Dawson said if a victory parade was to be held sometime in the future it was likely to only involve the Bay of Plenty players.

 

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