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Never mind the scenery ... keep playing

Yeah, the snow made the scenery look great ... but real southern men don't stand around looking at the landscape when there's a rugby game to be played.

Snow painted the Crown Ranges between Wanaka and Queenstown as winter took a hold, and even Auckland shivered in thunder, hail, 120km/h winds and rainstorms.

Schools and roads were closed in parts of the South Island, but in Balclutha the snow couldn't stop the Air New Zealand Cup rugby trials.

- NZ HERALD STAFF

- NZ Herald

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