29 May 2009

Change of plans for stabbed man's rugby jersey

8:50 pm on 29 May 2009

Tongariro Sports Club rugby players have decided not to permanently retire the rugby jersey of a team mate who was stabbed to death last weekend.

James Galloway, 25, died from a stab wound last Saturday.

Damian Paranihi of the club says members initially agreed to a suggestion by Mr Galloway's parents to permanently retire the number 15 jersey, but the club has now made other plans.

Mr Paranihi says Mr Galloway's son could end up playing the same position as his dad and the club didn't want to take that away from him.

He says the plan is now to frame James Galloway's jersey and put it in the club with a photo and a plaque.

Mr Paranihi says if they can't do that, they will frame the jersey and give it to his partner.

A 35-year-old man accused of stabbing James Galloway is in custody and will re-appear in court on June 8.