An All Blacks contingent boasting some of the team's biggest stars will touch down at Hawke's Bay Airport this morning to spend the day visiting schools and children at Hawke's Bay Hospital.
Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu, Kieran Read and new cap Dane Coles will be making the trip to visit Tamatea High School, the Hawke's Bay Hospital Children's Ward, and Flaxmere College.
Their flight lands at 9:20 this morning and the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union is encouraging the public to attend and give them a warm Hawke's Bay welcome.
Hawke's Bay Rugby Union rugby development officer Daniel Somerville said he hoped the visit would provide some inspiration to the youngsters they met.
"There's some pretty cool boys coming, so we're pretty lucky," he said.
With many students likely to be aspiring sports people themselves, they would also get the opportunity to ask the players a few questions.
"We wanted to make them quite personal as well, so [there will be] quite a bit of time to mix and mingle."
Their first stop will be Tamatea High School, where the players will help representatives from Tamatea High, Tamatea Intermediate, Tamatea Primary and Porritt Primary Schools to finish off murals for their respective communities.
Tamatea High School Year 12 Dean Wayne Cribb said there was a fair bit of excitement around the school yesterday with an "electric" atmosphere.