Teuila Fuatai

Teuila Fuatai is a reporter for the NZ Herald

Undie-clad All Blacks hit Fashion Week

From left, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Nikki Philips, Victor Vito, Gillies Kaka and DJ Forbes. Photo / Getty Images
From left, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Nikki Philips, Victor Vito, Gillies Kaka and DJ Forbes. Photo / Getty Images

Some of New Zealand's top rugby players are bringing braun to the catwalk at New Zealand Fashion Week.

All Black TJ Perenara took some time out from the gym to strut his stuff alongside Hurricanes teammate Victor Vito at the Resene Designer Selection show this afternoon at the Viaduct Events Centre.

Modelling for underwear brand Jockey, the pair took to the runway in colourful briefs for their catwalk debut.

Photos: All Blacks hit Fashion Week

All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes and teammate Gillies Kaka also made their runway debut, as well as All Black and Chiefs player Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

The five-strong contingent admitted feeling pretty daunted by the runway.

"I'm pretty nervous," Perenara said from his make-up chair before the show.

Vito, who led out the rugby boys, said "pampering" in preparation for the show - which included spray tans for some of the players - had been a new, but enjoyable experience.

Sevens veteran Forbes - who won a silver medal at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - also joked it had taken a while for him to get the call up for the runway.

All Black Steven Luatua was on hand to support his mates, sitting front row for the show.

The Blues forward laughed and had his phone out to capture his teammates' special moments.


Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Nikki Philips, Victor Vito, Gillies Kaka and DJ Forbes pose. Photo / Getty Images

- NZ Herald

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