All Black-loving girls first in line

21:56, Oct 25 2011
Parade girls
Fans, from left, Alicia Murden, Maddie Barnett and Ellen Fibbes got their parade spot early.

Afraid of missing out on a front row spot to watch their hunky rugby heroes, three Hutt Valley High girls arrived in Wellington as the suits were heading to work.

Positioned on a park bench at the bottom of the Plimmer Steps on Lambton Quay, the giggling trio have been cheering and waving signs and flags since 8.30am.

"We love the All Blacks more than we love Justin Bieber," screamed Alicia Murden, 16, holding her cardboard box  emblazoned with the words "ALL BLACKS GOT SWAG".

Israel Dagg is her No 1 player while friend Ellen Fibbes, 17, is more of a Zac Guildford girl.

She had created an "I heart Zac" flag especially for today's parade.

Nearby shop owners have threatened to call noise control to remove the raucous girls who are struggling to contain their excitement.

They're not concerned about the truancy officer busting them as their parents have called the school to let them know they will be absent.

"This is just a once in a lifetime opportunity ... this is history," said Maddie Barnett, 16, who is hoping to get a kiss from Richard Kahui.

"I reckon he's an awesome player."

All three are keen to shake it with Piri Weepu, who showed his dance floor moves during the Auckland parade on Monday.

Winning the Rugby World Cup final was an emotional experience for the teens who all cried and hugged when the final whistle blew on Sunday night.


The Dominion Post