Niagara Thunder rugby team gearing up for Corner benefit auction, banquet

The Niagara Thunders Legends of Rugby Banquet and Auction has a few tickets remaining for the benefit night on April 27.

More than 180 have purchased tickets and the remaining few are available at a cost of $125.00 with a $75.00 tax receipt. Contact Dave Burnett (905) 336-9545 or for tickets.

A special guest for the night, which will see all proceeds going to the Sean Corner Benefit Fund, is former international rugby player Phil Bennett. Bennett has a tremendous rugby portfolio and followers of the game will recall his outstanding wizardry on the field. He played in Toronto for the British Lions against Canada many years ago now, but his magic still lives on in many people’s minds. Today he is a prominent radio and TV broadcaster and professional speaker for corporate and sporting events.

Donated items are still coming in for the auction to assist the Corner Benefit Fund. Corner is the 21-year-old who was injured last fall while playing for the Hamilton Hornets and is now confined to a wheel chair.

Several exciting items are up for sale, including two tickets to Britain or Paris in World Cup timeframe, two tickets for the Wales vs. Australia world cup pool round in Cardiff, and three nights at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. Additional items are still being accepted. Please contact Dave Burnett. Sean is hoping to join the group for the evening and we look forward to his company.

The event will be held on Friday, April 27 at The Oakville Conference Centre, just south of the QEW on Bronte Road. Cocktails at 6.30 pm. Black Tie or Blazer and Tie are the order of the day.

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The Thunder play in the Rugby Canada Super League, which has two divisions, Western and Eastern conferences with the winners of each playing to determine the Canadian Championship. The league is considered a stepping stone for players hoping to make Canada’s National Side.

The Thunder draws elite players from teams in the Ontario Rugby Union’s Marshall and Keenan and Niagara Rugby Unions Premier divisions. An Under 21 development team, the Niagara Lightning, will also be scheduled to play on the same days as the senior team.