A gentle strumming echoed around Westpac Stadium as two All Blacks briefly joined the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
Conrad Smith, front left, and Julian Savea, behind, were happy to play along as the buildup to next Saturday's test match between Argentina and the All Blacks got under way.
Smith joined Francis Salole to lead the show. At rear Dan Yeabsley, Sam Auger, Julian Savea, Megan Salole and Andy Morley-Hall.
The band will put on a pre-game and halftime show at the test match - the first meeting of the All Blacks and Argentina in the four- nation Investec Rugby Championship.
Smith admitted being something of a frustrated guitarist. "I try to play, but probably don't have the patience to become any great musician."
There was currently a vacancy in the All Blacks for a decent guitarist.
"Neemia Tialata was probably the best, but he's gone. Him and Aaron Mauger were good. No-one's really taken up the reins."
Smith was looking forward to Los Pumas spicing up the competition.
"I think they bring something different. They're so keen to prove they're worthy, so they're going to prize every scalp."
Ukulele orchestra member Dan Yeabsley said he was looking forward to playing before about 35,000 people, and promised "a super-secret medley".
"There will be pyrotechnics, some great Kiwi tunes, and a bit of tango."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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