Students at Stoke School were very excited today after a video they entered into a All Blacks to the Nation competition landed them a visit from the team next month.
Stoke School principal Pete Mitchener says the kids were told their video was one of the winners this morning.
“There was a huge excitement, “It’s fantastic, there was kind of a bit of disbelief,” he says.
“We still don’t obviously know who’s coming but we know three are coming. It’s just really exciting to have real All Backs here at school before they take off to the world cup.”
The All Blacks have flown around the country for the All Blacks to the Nation event every year since 2011.
This year players will travel from Wellington to Long Bay & Papakura New Plymouth, Greytown, Whakatane, Gisborne, Westport, Stoke, Dunedin and Mataura.
Other winners include a nine-year-old fan from New Plymouth, a retirement home in Dunedin, five more schools and a number of enthusiastic communities. They will all be visited by groups of All Blacks on Thursday 3 September.
All Blacks Manager Darren Shand says the team is always excited about All Blacks to the Nation.
“The players get to go to some places they have never been before and meet fans from a diverse range of communities.
“It’s one of the highlights of the All Blacks calendar for fans and is a chance for players to thank them for all their passionate support before we head off to the Rugby World Cup.”