traditional test eve "captain's run" photo opportunity
on Carisbrook was cancelled last night because
the Dunedin night air was apparently a bit nippy
for the All Blacks to turn up in regulation strip.
Springboks managed to brave the ground at dusk,
but All Black captain Reuben Thorne and his men
were kept under wraps for their walkabout a couple
of hours later because they had donned more than
just their Steinlager-branded training kit.
hope the Boks weren't spying like we were - it
may have given them new heart for the clash tonight.
Men in mittens never look that ferocious. The
game is expected to be played under clear skies
with temperatures around 4-5C expected at kick-off,
but a low of -2C possible overnight.
Peter Marshall says he is no more anxious about
this match than any other despite the foul-play
allegations against Springboks in their testy
Tri-Nations defeat by the Wallabies last weekend.
"You can't prejudge teams, you just have to rule
on what is in front of you," he says.
Stephen Franks is quick on the draw. The MP's
response to calls from Associate Maori Affairs
Minister Tariana Turia to drop Maori as a word
referring to her people was sent out under the
title Tangata Whenua Affairs Spokesman. Turia
would rather Maori be called tangata whenua. Franks
called it a questionable diversion from realpolitik.
New Zealand is keen on the pure image, not to
mention the spin-off from Hayley Westenra's chart-topping
Pure album for its 100% Pure campaign. The marketing
agency wants to develop links with the 16-year-old
Christchurch singer now being marketed internationally
by Universal. With so much purity involved, will
dressing up as a boy for Tiny Tim's part in A
Christmas Carol or listening to her mother's Nick
Cave collection or her own 50 Cent (US rapper)
CD be the extent of her teenage rebellion?
curious invitation came our way from the Minister
for Courts this week. Rick Barker has asked our
representative to Wellington for a media tour
of the fines collection centre to mark its one
millionth call. You can imagine:
Barker: Hello, you are our lucky one-millionth
debtor. How do you feel?
Barker: No, you're fined, thanks. But as our lucky
one-millionth call you get another week to pay
off your debts before we take away your car.
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