The Hurricanes' big Super Rugby clash against leading Australian side the Canberra-based Brumbies at McLean Park tomorrow night will have a moving military touch before "battle" gets under way.

In a fitting touch to a much-anticipated clash between two leading Anzac sides, the New Zealand Army, Napier RSA and the Napier Army Cadets Unit will provide a special opening.

Napier RSA president John Purcell said prior to the game kicking off the Anzac ode will be read and the Last Post played.

"We have been working in cooperation with the army," Mr Purcell said.


The association had been contacted by rugby and defence force chiefs in Wellington asking for assistance in putting on the special Anzac opening.

As well as the on-field ceremonies, and the presence of soldiers, cadet unit personnel will be at the ground carrying out poppy sales.

That will be part of the RSA's annual Poppy Day Appeal.

Mr Purcell said the RSA was proud to be involved with the match between two Anzac sides which is expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000.