The All Blacks Train at BDA

Rugby union’s most feared national side made a surprise appearance on BDA’s astroturf this Tuesday in preparation for their weekend’s game against England. The All Blacks enjoyed the facilities so much that they returned on Thursday and Friday to continue training.

With a small crowd gathered at the gates of the all-weather sports pitch, eagerly anticipating the world champions’ arrival, an enormous tour bus pulled in and McCaw, Carter, Nonu and co, some of the sport’s greatest ever players, emerged from the coach.

While Dame Sally spoke with the management team, a few of us wandered over to catch a glimpse of the masters at work but were sent away for fear of leaked information reaching the English camp (I assume). Not before we’d managed to snap a few photos, though.

Later, the rugby giants were kind enough to pose for pictures with our very own budding stars of the game. Who knows, in a few years time we could be cheering on an ex-BDA pupil against the next crop of New Zealand talent.

Tune in on Saturday to see how the English team fare against arguably the best team ever. Sadly we were not treated to a rendition of the haka.