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All Blacks BBQ a meat and greet opportunity for the public

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The Wellington public has the chance to Back Black and rub shoulders with the All Blacks at a fan BBQ to be held under the sails at Queens Wharf on Friday 26 July.

The sausages will be sizzling from 10am till noon when a number of All Blacks will greet the public ahead of the Investec Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Westpac Stadium and begin the build-up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

There will be special giveaways on offer at the BBQ including tickets to Saturday’s Test against South Africa as well as All Blacks merchandise, flags and posters.

Music will fill the air, with a special treat in store for Kiwi music fans with some surprise guests making an appearance. Further details will be released on the day.

WellingtonNZ’s Events and Experiences Senior Manager Simon Perry says the BBQ will provide the best place in Wellington to meet some All Blacks and enjoy the Kiwi rugby spirit.

"We encourage Wellingtonians from all walks of life to come along and show their support to the All Blacks. For our part, WellingtonNZ has organised buses to take 170 children from Windley, Tauranga, Russell, and Korangi primary schools, as well as 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 by WellingtonNZ to the BBQ, all but Kahurangi 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 our tamariki to meet their inspirational rugby heroes. We can’t thank New Zealand Rugby and WellingtonNZ enough for making this happen," says Graeme Dingle Foundation CEO Jenny Stiles.

Westpac Stadium CEO Shane Harmon says the fan BBQ will add to the excitement already 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".

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