Four All Blacks to make fly­ing Mata­mata visit

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The All Blacks and the Waikato Rugby Union have re­vealed that four mem­bers of the Air New Zealand Euro­pean Tour squad will visit fans in Mata­mata on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 25.

As part of their an­nual All Blacks to the Na­tion vis­its to dif­fer­ent parts of New Zealand, four All Blacks will call into Mata­mata for a fly­ing visit to say thanks to fans for all their sup­port this year ahead of the north­ern hemi­sphere tour.

The All Blacks squad for the Air New Zealand Euro­pean Tour was an­nounced this week.

Six other places are also for­tu­nate to get an All Blacks visit. They are Pukekohe, Tau­ranga, Palmer­ston North, Nel­son, Ti­maru and Queen­stown.

The pro­vin­cial vis­its have been a pop­u­lar day with fans and the play­ers since the first fly­ing vis­its in 2011 be­fore the Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks cap­tain Richie McCaw said the play­ers en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to visit cities and towns that don’t nor­mally get to see the All Blacks up close.

The fly­ing vis­its were a way to ac­knowl­edge sup­port from fans young and old from all over New Zealand.

‘‘We know that we have huge sup­port from all parts of the coun­try and our fans are a big part of what makes this team spe­cial,’’ McCaw said.

‘‘The vis­its have be­come pop­u­lar with the guys as re­ally is a day for us to thank our sup­port­ers.’’

He said the fly­ing vis­its were the ideal way to kick start their Euro­pean tour.

Waikato Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham Bowen said they had been work­ing hard on mak­ing the All Blacks visit to the Waikato a mem­o­rable one for fans and the play­ers.

‘‘We only have the boys on the ground for a few hours but we’re de­ter­mined to get them meet­ing as many peo­ple in the Mata­mata re­gion as pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly the young rugby play­ers in the area.’’

While in town the play­ers will take a tour of Hob­biton where they will in­ter­act with tourists and be part of the vol­un­teer recog­ni­tion awards.

They will then visit Mata­mata Col­lege and have a Q&A ses­sion with a se­nior lead­er­ship group and be in­volved in a skills and drills ses­sion with rugby-play­ing stu­dents at the col­lege.

Their time in the town will then con­clude with ad­dress­ing in­ter­me­di­ate/ pri­mary school stu­dents at the United Mata­mata Sports Rugby Club at Bed­ford Park.

The play­ers who will be al­lo­cated to each town will be an­nounced later this week.

For more de­tails visit al­lblacks.com/Pub­l­i­cAp­pear­ances.

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