Blair Vining loved the simple things in life: his friends, his family, his community – and definitely his rugby.

To mark the one year anniversary of the cancer care advocate’s death from bowel cancer, and to say thanks to the southern community, the Southland Charity Hospital is bringing a star-studded line-up to Rugby Park in Invercargill for one epic game of footy.

The Pack the Park rugby game, set to be played as the curtain-raiser to the Southland Stags v. Taranaki match at Rugby Park in Invercargill on October 17.

With All Black legends including Stephen 'Beaver' Donald, Mils Muliaina, Ali Williams, Carlos Spencer and Ma'a Nonu - not to mention the man himself, Sir Graham Henry - set to make an appearance.

Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham ‘Ted’ Henry, heavyweight boxing champ Joseph Parker, and former All Black backfielder Israel Dagg were announced as coaches for the event.

Dagg and Parker will coach the ITM Invitational XV. Henry will be joined by assistant coach Chris Cairns in helming the AB Lime Blair Vining XV.

This Give-Back event is being run by volunteers and is free for the community.

700 tickets to a gala dinner set to benefit the Southland Charity Hospital sold out – just a handful of hours after going on sale.

The Aftermatch will be held at spectacular Bill’s Shed venue at Bill Richardson Transport World on October 17. The evening promises to blend lots of laughs, plenty of entertainment, fantastic food, and great company – all in the name of an incredible cause with the evening MC’d by television personality Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson.

They are giving away 5000 Pack the Park Official Souvenir Programmes, which Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust are a part of supporting Southland bowel cancer patients and promoting our Otago based canine bowel cancer detection research programme.

If you live in Southland and would like to offer your support, head to the Rugby Park in Invercargill on Saturday 17th October.

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