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The Centurions Rugby Football Club has been in Wellington for about 70 years.

In the early part of the 1939 Wellington rugby season two well known Capital rugby personalities discussed the formation of a club along the lines of the Auckland Barbarians. The two men were James Prendeville and Gerald Hill Weir.

Jim Prendeville - then the Crown Solicitor in Wellington - was elected a life member of the Wellington Rugby Football Union in 1937 and served on the NZRFU executive from 1937-47 serving as president of the New Zealand Union in 1948 and honoured with life membership in the same year. He died at Wellington on 5 March 1951.

"Sandy" Weir served a 28-year stint as Club Captain of the Wellington club, and as president in 1954. He died in Gore on 15 August 1971.

The initial meeting was held at the office of the Rugby Union on 5 July 1939 and the original members were elected at a meeting held later in July.

Jim Prendeville was elected the inaugural president with Dick (later Sir Richard) Wild from Varsity and Frank Kilby the original secretary and treasurer respectively.

The original committee comprised former All Black Beet Algar, former rep captain and Rhodes Scholar Mac Cooper, leading referee Alex Gilchrist, and Jim Parker MM - 1924-25 All Black and 1949 manager of the All Blacks to South Africa.

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