All Blacks in a spin

Last updated 19:00 03/09/2012
All Blacks tango
Ross Giblin
Happy feet: All Black Charlie Faumuina dances the tango with Felicity Flowers at Wellington Railway Station.

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All Black Charlie Faumuina traded his rugby boots for dancing shoes today as New Zealand Tango Champion Felicity Flower took him through some moves at the Wellington Railway Station.

Commuters were treated to the rare sight with a selection of All Blacks coming out to try their luck dancing the tango, Argentina's favourite dance, as part of promotion for the clash that is being hosted this weekend in the capital.

Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu, Charlie Faumuina, Cory Jane, Ben Smith and Sam Whitelock all came out to entertain the crowd of about 100 spectators who turned up to see them in action.

The event featured a performance by the New Zealand Tango Champions, John and Felicity Flower, as well as music by the Tango Orchestra.

Mr Flower said the boys did well despite their lack of experience.

"It's a bit hard to teach them anything in such a short period of time, they hadn't had any practice. Today was the first time we had met them. But they did pretty well."

Hosts Marc Ellis, Amber Peebles and Stu Tolan also took a moment to honour long-term railway employee John Fame, who began working on trains at the age of 17 and this year marked his 50th anniversary in the industry. He was presented with a signed rugby ball on behalf of the All Blacks and enjoyed cheers from the crowd.

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- The Dominion Post


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