Fans getting ready to welcome victorious ABs

  • 03/11/2015
Neil Sorenson (Paul Henry)
Neil Sorenson (Paul Henry)

To celebrate the big win, the All Blacks will welcome fans at parades in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Paul Henry spoke to Neil Sorenson, the general manager of NZ Rugby, ahead of the events.

A ticker-tape parade will be held at Victoria Park at midday, with hoards of cheering fans expected to turn out, before the men in black head down the rest of the country.

Christchurch fans will welcome the All Blacks with a street parade and ceremony at Hagley Park on Thursday while Wellingtonians will celebrate with an event on Friday.

Dunedin's request to also host a welcome parade has been rejected. Mayor Dave Cull floated the idea of hosting a parade, however New Zealand Rugby says the team won't be able to visit Dunedin this week.

Dunedin was overlooked for an official parade following the All Blacks' 2011 tournament triumph, when players showed off the Webb Ellis Cup in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The cup was instead taken to 41 towns and cities, including Queenstown, Oamaru and Dunedin, early the following year.

Wednesday, November 4 - Auckland

7am: the team arrives into Auckland International Airport.

12pm -2pm: Celebration event at Victoria Park, central Auckland.

Thursday, November 5 – Christchurch

2.30pm: Parade begins at the corner of Rolleston Ave and Hereford St. Continues along Rolleston Ave and Park Terrace ending before the Bealey Ave intersection. See tfc.govt.nz for road closures.

Friday, November 5 – Wellington

Details to be confirmed.

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