A selection of All Blacks were put to the test in the Dunedin
Fresh from training yesterday, All Black forwards Dane Coles,
Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock, Brodie Retallick, Wyatt Crockett
and backs Malakai Fekitoa, TJ Perenara, Ma'a Nonu, Israel
Dagg and Cory Jane entertained about 200 people for an hour
The crowd was warmed up by Small Blacks TV host Nua Finau and
Random Rugby host Makere Bradnam and an energetic dance
routine from the Otago Dancers.
When the All Blacks were individually announced on arrival,
the loud cheer for hometown favourite Fekitoa was only
equalled by a piercing declaration of ''love you CJ'' from
the audience for Jane.
The All Blacks gave answers to text-message questions, which
included naming the most famous person they had met (Woodcock
talked about meeting Nelson Mandela) and who was the
strongest (all players agreed one of the Franks brothers).
Then members of the audience were selected to compete in a
series of tests against the All Blacks.
The brawn test was a prone hold challenge between Otago
Girls' High School pupil Hannah Tebbutt (13), of Dunedin, and
forwards Retallick and Crockett.
The schoolgirl held the core strengthening exercise longer
than the bulky players, who had the surprise handicap of
being tickled by a man in the crowd.
The creativity test was fashioning a toilet paper wedding
When the hosts yelled ''drop your toilet paper'' the
over-the-shoulder dress made on student Fano Fesolai (18), of
Dunedin, by Jane, Fekitoa and Perenara was the clear winner.
The All Blacks play England at Forsyth Barr Stadium on
Saturday and yesterday 127 tickets remained.