Roll model's loo-paper look big Nonu hit

By Harrison Christian

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Sam Kerr, 9, Napier, was dressed up in toilet paper by All Black Ma'a Nonu during a game at the event. Photo / Duncan Brown
Sam Kerr, 9, Napier, was dressed up in toilet paper by All Black Ma'a Nonu during a game at the event. Photo / Duncan Brown

All Black centre Ma'a Nonu is known for his skills on the rugby field but yesterday he showed another side of himself: that of a fashionista.

More than 1000 rugby fans flocked to meet the All Blacks at Napier's Municipal Theatre yesterday.

The All Blacks touched down in the region at the weekend, for the first time in 18 years, ahead of their game against Argentina at Napier's McLean Park this Saturday.

PACKED: More than 1000 people flocked to the Napier Municipal Theatre yesterday for the free Meet The All Blacks event. HBT14018808
PACKED: More than 1000 people flocked to the Napier Municipal Theatre yesterday for the free Meet The All Blacks event. HBT14018808

Yesterday's free Meet the All Blacks event, hosted by Small Blacks TV host Nua Finau and Random Rugby TV host Makere Bradnam, was a chance for the public to get up close and personal with team members.

Napier Municipal Theatre manager Ian Reid said the venue had exceeded its 1000-seat capacity as rugby fans came and went during the afternoon.

Ma'a Nonu, Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino were among 10 All Blacks who sat onstage and answered text questions from the audience, which was made up mostly of families with young children.

Nonu said the All Blacks were excited to be in the city.

"It's great to be in Napier. Thanks for your support and we're looking forward to enjoying our week here," he said.

A 9-year-old, Sam Kerr, of Napier, acted as a model while Nonu dressed him up with toilet paper.

The activity was one of many interactive games the All Blacks played with youngsters from the audience, who received signed merchandise for their participation.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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