Lachie meets All Whites captain
Cancer patient and captain kick ball in corridorMARC GREENHILL
On what would have been Lachie Sutherland's first day at school, a meeting with the All Whites captain came a close second best.
The Christchurch patient, who has just turned five, was today undergoing treatment at Christchurch Hospital's children's hematology and oncology centre when the New Zealand football team visited.
Skipper Ryan Nelsen chatted with Lachie, a rugby and tennis fanatic and general sports lover.
The youngster showed off his skills by kicking the ball around the corridor despite being hooked up to a drip.
The players, who will tomorrow face Tahiti at AMI Stadium, signed balls, shirts and posters and ate icecream donated by Deep South.
Striker Jeremy Brockie was asked by a nurse whether he was allowed junk food a day out from the match.
''Of course. I'll just have to work a bit harder in the warmup,'' he replied.
Nelsen discussed music with Lara Cooke, a 10-year-old cancer patient from Wellington.
Lara, a keen netballer, said she was a fan of British singer Adele, but disagreed with Nelsen on the talents of boy band One Direction.
She planned to put the photo she had taken with Nelsen on her blog.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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