Jane leads Twitter return; Smith lampooned

22:57, Oct 24 2011
Cory Jane (L) and Zac Guildford
PARTY TIME: Cory Jane (L) and Zac Guildford enjoy a moment in the victorious All Blacks changing rooms.

After more than seven weeks without a tweet, the world champion All Blacks returned to the fray last night - led by Cory Jane.

Soon after their World Cup final defeat of France Jane posted a photo of he and teammate Zac Guildford enjoying a beer on his twitter site, openly wondering if the fourth estate would haul him over the coals for it.

"Are we aloud 2 drink now????," Jane tweeted.

"Or will the media report this haha."

Wing Jane and fullback Israel Dagg were reprimanded privately by All Blacks management before the quarterfinals for a night out drinking. Earlier in the tournament Guildford was forced to publicly apologise for a drinking-related incident.

All Blacks management placed the players on a Twitter ban throughout the tournament.


Jane, who is a self-confessed twitter addict, didn't take long to touch base with his supporters after returning to the changing sheds.

"1st things 1st.... I'm back," he said.

"wanna thank everyone for there support this year on my ups and downs.

"Now that I got that out the way I want u all 2 meet & say hello 2 Mr William Webb Eills," he said, next to another photo of him holding the World Cup trophy.

Another All Black quick to tweet was flanker Jerome Kaino, in many eyes the player of the tournament.

"World Cup!!!!! Holy!!!!! Love you guys for all your support, missed my Twitter Famz!! Veeedddyyyy Gooooddddd," he wrote.

Meanwhile, social media was buzzing in the wake of the game following an on-air blunder by Sky TV commentator Ian Smith.

Smith twice called French captain Thierry Dusautoir by the name of the French national football team Thierry Henry in a post-match interview.

Dusautoir was clearly not amused by the error and the mistake rapidly spread on Twitter, trending in New Zealand for several hours after the game. Trending topics are the most tweeted phrases on the site at any given time.

The Dominion Post