Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium will finally be in the black
For a day, anyway. The All Blacks may have been rusty last
week, but their well-drilled marketing machine didn't drop a
ball yesterday in the build-up to the second rugby test
between New Zealand and England.
Dunedin buildings, businesses and schools were festooned with
black and white balloons, banners and bunting encouraging the
boys in black to bounce back.
About 400 fans queued for up to half an hour outside a
Dunedin retailer to meet All Blacks Richie McCaw, Liam Messam
and Dominic Bird.
Two of the most excited fans were not even New Zealanders.
''It is very exciting for us to meet the All Blacks,'' French
tourist Sarah Prabonnaud (26), of Brittany, said after
getting a photo taken with the trio.
''We have got our tickets for the match and we can't wait,''
Krystele Collette (25), of Paris, said.
''We want the All Blacks to win, of course.''
It took a brave man to invade enemy territory in an England
shirt, but Sam Fussey (23), of East Yorkshire, was up to the
''I really think England are going to do it this time,'' he
said in the Octagon yesterday.
''We were unlucky last week and this match I think we'll
Surprisingly, even the Scottish Shop had a large St George
Cross in the window.
''We did think about just putting a minuscule St George flag
up, but we sell flags, so we thought we'd better put a big
one up,'' assistant Eleanor MacGregor admitted.
Mornington School raised $300 for a children's charity with
an All Black Friday mufti day.
''We wanted to show our support for the team and do something
to help other people and KidsCan is a good charity,''
principal Brent Caldwell said.
Just down the road, Arthur Street School teacher Sandra
Darracott, of Bletchley, was in a class of her own and an
England scrum of one.
''It's all in good humour. I only wore it because I knew
everyone else would be in black,'' she said.
''But I think the All Blacks will definitely win. They're the
best team in the world.''
A corporate lunchtime audience at Forsyth Barr Stadium then
got an insight into some of the technical thinking behind the
All Blacks' success.
''I thought we might try to catch the ball this week. That
might help,'' assistant coach Ian Foster revealed.