ABs wow locals, show off our cup
All Blacks lined up for a meet-and-greet with Wakatipu schoolchildren and helped check in passengers at Queenstown Airport yesterday.
Seven towns across New Zealand hosted players as part of the All Blacks to the Nation tour, with Richie McCaw, Ma'a Nonu, Andrew Hore, Francis Saili and Cory Jane in Queenstown.
Wakatipu pupils and fans were given the final chance to view the Webb Ellis Cup before the next Rugby World Cup and meet players in Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Mandy Erskine, of Arrowtown, was there by chance with son Lucas, 10, after a friend sent her a message saying the players were at the Queenstown Events Centre.
"I didn't even know it was on so I thought I can manage that."
Nick Finch and Sarah Moore, of Queenstown, also didn't know the event was on until they arrived at the events centre to go to the gym.
Remarkables Primary School children and principal Debbie Dickson got the chance to quiz the players before a ball-skills demonstration. Players also spent time at The Hills golf course in Arrowtown then met Air New Zealand staff and passengers at Queenstown Airport before boarding their flight.
McCaw was mobbed at the airport, barely able to take a step without posing for a photograph, while Ma'a Nonu helped staff check tickets at the boarding gate.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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