Fans flock: When Sonny Wool met Sonny Bill

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Last updated 19:28 27/09/2011
Marcus Wild

Sporting a ripped jersey, psychic sheep Sonny Wool picked New Zealand to win the match against Canada on Sunday.

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MEETING FANS: Sonny Bill Williams gets a photo with fans at Wellington's Waitangi Park.
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BLACK ATTACK: The All Blacks arrived at Wellington Airport on the weekend and will meet fans today at Waitangi Park.

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Sporting a ripped jersey in honour of his namesake Sonny Bill Williams, "psychic" sheep Sonny Wool has picked New Zealand to win the match against Canada on Sunday.

He got to meet Williams, who awkwardly held the New Zealand-flagged hay for the sheep to eat, at Waitangi Park in Wellington this afternoon.

Williams was a "wooling" participant, saying the experience was "pretty cool", though it was "probably" the weirdest thing he had ever done.

Sonny Wool has psychic abilities, according to its agent Dan Boyd. He has so far accurately predicted all of the All Blacks' wins.

More than 1000 people flocked to the park to see the All Blacks at the free BackingBlack Travelling HQ event, which started at midday.

The event featured five huge inflatable rugby-themed games, spot prizes and virtual technology that makes All Blacks players appear out of thin air for photos.

The girls' screams were almost deafening and people were cheering "All Blacks" when the players came off the bus.

Once all the boys took over the stage, one of Victor Vito's favourite bands - the Backstreet Boys - played in the background.

Vito took over the microphone and pretended to sing along.

Children then got to ask their favourite players questions, including which SpongeBob character they would want to be.

Conrad Smith chose Mr Crabs.

Ten-year-old Beth Hughes asked Williams what a fan needed to do to get the job of removing his torn jerseys.

Williams got a big cheer from excited women earlier this month after stripping off his ripped jersey and showing off his impressive abs during the All Blacks opening Rugby World Cup match.

More FM host Tarsh Tolson couldn't help but ask the girl whether it was her question or her mum's.

"My mum's," Hughes said.

Williams said mother Charlotte could send "some applications".

Student Samantha Martin queued more than four hours to see Colin Slade up-close.

"They are going to win - these guys are our heroes," she said.

Kate Roberts flew in from Auckland to meet Williams, but not for his skills on the field.

"He's the man. He is nice and tall."

The All Blacks arrived in Wellington on Sunday ahead of their clash with Canada this weekend

Players today signed autographs, answered questions and showed off their skills.

The BackingBlack Travelling HQ was touring New Zealand and moves on to Palmerston North tomorrow, and Blenheim on Saturday.

- The Dominion Post

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