Rugby: Former All Blacks ensure France get Polynesian experience


There has always been a special bond between the All Blacks and France.

That continued today with some of 'Les Bleus' current crop visiting a school in South Auckland to experience New Zealand's unique polynesian culture.

Even if the players did need a push in the right direction.

A privilege and an honour - that's how skipper Mathieu Bastareaud described today's visit to Sir Michael Jones' school in Otahuhu.

"I see the eyes of these kids it's like me when I was young," Bastareaud told Newshub.

The pupils here come from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds, and that's a story the Frenchman can relate to, having been raised by a solo mother himself.

"She tried to teach us humility, respect, honour."

Students shared their culture through the universal language of music and the French then responded in return the Frenchman would offer some inspiration of their own.

Former All Blacks Eroni Clarke and Sir Michael Jones still have a long-lasting connection with French rugby.

"I was very privileged to play the French in my first World Cup and I'll never forget it," said Sir Michael.

"That was probably the greatest game I've ever played in."

The bond strengthened as more and more Kiwi players take up their trade in France's Top14.

The common bond of rugby strengthened as more and more Kiwis team up with the French in the Top 14.

"I know what it means for them so I will try to honour that Saturday night and for the rest of my life."

The language of rugby bringing two cultures together.