England supporter Adam Morton sen, of Dunedin, shakes hands with England captain Chris Robshaw at Dunedin International Airport last night. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The England rugby team arrived in Dunedin last night and most
of its visiting supporters are set to converge on Dunedin
About 100 people, including the King's and Queen's High
Schools' kapa haka groups, welcomed the England squad at
Dunedin International Airport last night.
Relaxed players took photos of the spirited haka and handed
out wrist bands and badges of the English rose to the pupils.
In the terminal, England supporter Adam Morton sen, of
Dunedin, played UB40's Swing Low Sweet Chariot on his
portable stereo and assured the squad it had the speed and
skills to beat the All Blacks tomorrow.
Most English supporters were arriving in Dunedin today,
i-Site spokesman Peter Campbell said.
The foreign visitors calling at the centre to book
accommodation in Dunedin for this weekend were all English
and were staying tonight and tomorrow, he said.
''For a short time and a good time.''
Octagon bar owner Grant Ellis said work on building Octagon
Village would start at 6am today and would be ready for
customers from noon.
The village included three bars - Ratbags, Craft Bar and The
Terrace - and could hold up to 2500 people, he said.
He had employed 35 security staff for tomorrow but was
expecting a well-behaved crowd, he said.
''We had the English for three games at the Rugby World Cup
and not one incident.''
The Nude Blacks play England at 2pm tomorrow at the
Organisers of the polar plunge at St Clair Beach at noon on
Sunday encouraged bathers to dress in black or Union Jack