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Whanganui Rugby Loss – Brian “Porky” Green

Whanganui Rugby Loss

Whanganui, Rangitikei and Hunterville rugby have suffered the loss of a notable administrator with the death of 72-year-old farmer Brian (Porky) Green.

Brian, who had been unwell for quite a few months, watched on tv as a race horse he had shares in (Rue Cler) won the last race at Awapuni on Boxing Day.

He felt unwell and was taken to Whanganui Hospital where he passed away during the night.

Rugby was a major part of his life – as a front row forward for Hunterville, as a referee and as a very active administrator at club, sub-union (Rangitikei) and union (Whanganui) level.

Brian was a former president and long-time Hunterville committee member who was elected a life member, joining his late father Tom to receive the honour.

He was president of the Wanganui RFU in 2013-14 and served as a Council of Clubs representative on the union’s controlling Board in 2015-16-17-18.

Brian and close friend Tommy Kilgarriff, the current WRFU president who has just completed his tenure in the role, attended numerous Whanganui representative fixtures around the country as well as supporting Hunterville club matches.

Unfortunately illness kept him away from watching his beloved Hunterville side win a ninth Whanganui senior club title at Cooks Gardens last season.

As well as being a prominent member of the Hunterville club Brian was also a member of the Pourewa club during its brief existence.

He operated a dairy farm with his wife Linda and was a keen fisherman as well as having interests in race horses.

Brian, a former cricketer and a  member of the Hunterville RSA, took an interest in most facets of life in the township.

It is fitting that his funeral service will be held at the Hunterville Rugby Club, at 11am on Friday – J B PHILLIPS