Bus-ting to see cup

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

Lu­cas McIver will be trad­ing in his chick­ens for a tour of New Zealand next month as he gears up for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He is one of many Mata­mata rugby fans do­ing their bit to sup­port the All Blacks at the world cup which runs from Septem­ber 9 to Oc­to­ber 23.

The chicken farmer from Wardville has bought a 1956 Bed­ford bus and con­verted it into an All Black Bus.

Mr McIver and six friends will drive to 15 of the games in­clud­ing the semi-fi­nal and fi­nal at Eden Park Sta­dium.

The avid rugby fan said he had al­ways wanted to do some­thing like this but it was not un­til his friend spot­ted this bus on Trade Me that he could make it hap­pen. ‘‘The truck was al­ready black. We bought it from Wanaka flew down and drove it back up and put the fin­ish­ing touches on,’’ he said.

Watch out for the All Black Bus at games or fol­low it on Twit­ter at @TheAl­lBlack­Bus.

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