Fun and games at Eden Park
More than 200 kids from local schools got the chance to mix it up with their rugby heroes during the Bluebeard Kids Day at Eden Park on Wednesday.
The primary and intermediate schoolchildren got to interact with the likes of Keven Mealamu, John Afoa and Justin Collins in drills and minigames.
The children were welcomed to the event on the main field, before moving on to the outer oval to take part in the action.
Owairaka school pupil Charles Salt, 10, says it was a great day out in the sun.
“It’s fun to run around and play.”
And 12-year-old Eric Collins from Waikowhai Intermediate says getting to meet some of the Blues players was “really cool”.
Blues flanker Justin Collins thinks the day is a “superb” way for the Blues to meet their young fans.
“They’re running around and yelling, enjoying themselves and they get to meet some of the players they only see on TV or at the games,” he says.
Hooker Keven Mealamu says hanging out with the youngsters is a great way to break up the normal routine.
“It’s good to get away from the training field and there’s a lot of smiles around which makes it a nice day as well.”
Team effort: Auckland prop John Afoa hanging out with students from Kowhai Intermediate.
Gotcha: Blues flanker Justin Collins catches up with Charles Salt, 10, from Owairaka school in a game of tag.
Going for it: Kilu Akavola, 12, from Waikowhai Intermediate bursts down the field at the Bluebeard Kids Day at Eden Park.
Sign me up, above: Blues hooker Keven Mealamu signs autographs for eager fans from Mt Eden Normal Primary at Eden Park.
Send it wide, left: Lewis Coulson, 7, from Mt Eden Normal Primary passes the ball during rugby drills.
Something blue, right: Auckland mascot Bluebeard gets to know some keen rugby fans from Owairaka school.