ABs a hit in Kapiti

HOLLY BAGGE
Last updated 18:23 07/08/2014
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HOLLY BAGGE
Local hero: Dane Coles hands out autographed certificates at Paraparaumu Beach School, his former primary school.

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Young rugby fans in Kapiti were treated to a visit by four All Blacks today as they travelled to three schools in the region - including hooker Dane Coles' former primary.

Coles, Cory Jane, TJ Perenara and Julian Savea visited Otaki College and Waikanae and Paraparaumu Beach schools as part of the All Blacks to the Nation tour. The ABs, with entourage including staff from the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union, ended their day with a visit to Kapiti Coast Airport.

At Paraparaumu Beach School, Coles' former primary school, the players took part in a game of rippa rugby with the pupils, before heading into the school hall to sign autographs for beaming students.

There they answered questions from selected youngsters, including ''when did you start playing rugby?'' and ''what is the hardest team you have played, and why?''.

Pupils picked to ask a question were also able take home a signed rugby ball.

The players then headed off to Kapiti Coast Airport where they answered questions from the public outside. Coles sang happy birthday to Savea, after Savea attempted to show the audience his dance moves following a request by a member of the crowd.

The All Blacks also played a ball game with children where they had to knock rugby balls off stools.

While the wind became fierce, it did not stop fans waiting in a long line to receive a signed All Blacks poster.

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- Kapiti Observer

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