Topic: Rugby

All Blacks brighten grey skies

By Ripeka Timutimu
  • Wellington

Despite the grey skies and morning showers, hundreds of Greytown locals turned out to get up close and personal with three of their All Black heroes.

Ma'a Nonu, Victor Vito and Nehe Milner-Skudder spent the morning at the Early Years Childcare Centre, where they mucked in with the youngsters doing handprints with their fans.

Though most of the kids were oblivious to who they were, it was different story at Greytown School.

Welcomed with the haka, "O Wairarapa", and then an impromptu performance of "Ka Mate", the trio certainly inspired many of the young rugby players in attendance.

Greytown Under 13s coach, and 2011 Kaiwhakarite Māori for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Aotearoa, Paora Ammunson said it was such a privilege for their community.  "I don't think we've had All Blacks visit us here, so it's a big thing for us."

Ammunson said having Nonu and Vito as well was huge for the Hurricanes crazy town, "They've played awesome for our Hurricanes, real stalwarts of the team."

The All Blacks will travel to Auckland tomorrow to continue in their training camp before departing for the RWC.