All Blacks all aTwitter after Rugby World Cup ban lifted

Piri Weepu and Ma'a Nonu. Photo / Supplied
Piri Weepu and Ma'a Nonu. Photo / Supplied

After a long seven weeks, the All Blacks have made a social media comeback, sharing snaps of their post-Rugby World Cup celebrations with fans and followers online.

Before the tournament began, All Blacks management imposed a ban on team members using social media, including Twitter.

But soon after the final whistle, prolific Twitter users Cory Jane and Piri Weepu were back in action, giving their loyal followers a glimpse of what the team got up to after the final whistle.

"Wasssuuppp tweeps ... Im back," Weepu wrote on Tuesday, before posting photos of himself and Ma'a Nonu with the Webb Ellis Cup and an injured Dan Carter taking a drink from rugby's Holy Grail.

Soon after, he wrote: "living the dream" and said day two of the team's celebrations were "amazing".

Jane also got back into his Twitter groove by posting photographs - the first not long after Sunday night's game.

Among his posts were photos of him with the trophy in the All Blacks' changing room and having an after-match beer with Zac Guildford.

On Tuesday, Jane posted a photo of himself in the cockpit of the team's plane to Christchurch for their second victory parade.

"This is ur captain speaking ... we will be taking off 2 the north, climbing to 23000ft & flight time is 28mins so hold on," he wrote.

"This is ur captain again ... we will be making a short detour and heading 2 the moon 1st ... Izzy & Zac will be handing out the lollies soon."

Jane also posted a photo of the team on their bus on the way to Auckland Airport to catch their flight to Christchurch, which shows some of the team looking a little bit worse for wear and a plastic bucket being passed around.

By the end of yesterday, though, technology and possibly a lack of Twitter stamina due to the ban was impeding Jane's online presence.

"Been out of the game for a couple months & the thumbs have taken a beating ... 6 per cent battery left on my phone ... that's a sign that I've tweeted 2 much," he wrote.

- Staff reporter

- NZ Herald

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