The All Blacks squad is looking forward to joining Canterbury fans in the Rugby World Cup celebrations, with the team flying into Christchurch tomorrow to spend three days in the city, as they prepare for next weekend’s Test against France.
The All Blacks fly into Christchurch tomorrow afternoon, following tonight’s Test against Japan at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium, arriving at Christchurch Airport at 4.15PM, and will be attending a number of public events in Christchurch. The team will then fly to Auckland on Wednesday to prepare for the Rugby World Cup Test against France on Saturday 24 September.
All Blacks Manager Darren Shand, who is from Christchurch, said: “The squad is really excited about coming to Christchurch. We know that the city is still recovering and the residents are still very much in our thoughts so it will give us the chance to stand together and also help everyone join in the Rugby World Cup celebrations.”
“It’s a big week for us with the team training for the Test against France and while we will be in Test preparation mode, we also want to make our Canterbury fans part of the Rugby World Cup.”
The All Blacks squad will join fans at a ‘Stand in Black’ event at Christchurch’s Centennial Park next to the Pioneer Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon. The event starts at 3.30PM with the squad due to arrive at 5.00PM. Listen to More FM for more details.
Fans will also get the chance to see players at two store events on Monday afternoon at Riccarton Mall.