Wellington Scoop

All Blacks at Queens Wharf barbecue, before the Test


News from WREDA
The Wellington public had a chance to Back Black and rub shoulders with the All Blacks at a fan BBQ under the sails at Queens Wharf today.

The sausages were sizzling from 10am till noon when a number of All Blacks greeted the public ahead of the Investec Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Westpac Stadium, as a start to the build-up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Special giveaways on offer at the BBQ included tickets to Saturday’s Test as well as All Blacks merchandise, flags and posters.

WREDA’s Events and Experiences Senior Manager Simon Perry says “WellingtonNZ has organised buses to take 170 children from Windley, Tairangi, Russell, and Kahurangi primary schools, and Sacred Heart College, to and from the BBQ. A large showing of public support at the BBQ will provide a boost to the All Blacks against a very strong South African team who beat them in Wellington last year, and once again show everyone what a great sporting public we have here in the Capital.”

Of the schools being transported to the BBQ, all but Korangi School work in partnership with official charity partner of New Zealand Rugby, the Graeme Dingle Foundation. The Graeme Dingle Foundation helps Kiwi kids to build resilience and self-confidence.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for kids to meet their inspirational rugby heroes,” says Graeme Dingle Foundation CEO Jenny Stiles.

Westpac Stadium CEO Shane Harmon says the fan BBQ will add to the excitement building ahead of Saturday’s big game.

“An All Blacks match is always an amazing fan experience here at Westpac Stadium and this year’s test match will be our biggest sporting event of 2019. We encourage fans from both teams to head along early to the game to make the entry process smooth and soak up all the pre-match excitement”.