As prizes go winning a visit by the All Blacks squad is definitely up there.
With just days to go before setting off to England to defend their World Cup title members of the New Zealand Team paid a visit to the Papakura Normal School in Auckland, where they met some of their most enthusiastic fans.
It was part of the ‘‘All Blacks to the Nation’‘ competition where individuals, groups, schools and communities sent in entries to win a special stopover from the squad.
While hooker Keven Mealamu and centre Malakai Fekitoa were entertained by the children at the Papakura school utility other members of the squad sat with elderly residents and enjoyed a performance of the Haka by kids in Dunedin.
New Zealand commence their 2015 World Cup campaign against Argentina in London on September 21 followed by group matches against Namibia, Georgia and Tonga.