Friday, November 21, 2008

All Blacks and actors swap tips on 'play'
18 November 2008 By John Hogan

WATCHING a play about how their predecessors were beaten by Munster may not be the best match preparation for the current crop of All Blacks, but that didn't stop them from enjoying a performance of Alone It Stands at the LIT Millennium Theatre.

Richie McCaw, Daniel Carter and the rest of the New Zealand All Blacks were in Moylish - just a few hundred yards from Thomond Park where they face Munster tonight - for the show which chronicles the famous victory in 1978.

"The whole squad were there for it and they were laughing their asses off," said Alone It Stands writer John Breen. "From what I could gather, a few of them had already seen a New Zealand production but they all really seemed to enjoy it."

After the play, Breen approached the New Zealanders, some of whom he was already acquainted with, to thank them for attending the play. To show their appreciation, the All Blacks invited the writer and his cast to attend a training session in Thomond Park yesterday morning.

"We were brought to the Captain's Run, which is just a light run through all of the plays and moves for the game tonight. The All Blacks also practiced the Haka which was very unusual for the cast members seen as they had done the Haka for the All Blacks the night before on the stage," Breen continued."

Graham Mourie, the captain of the All Blacks in 1978, was also at the training session. I had already met Graham and was delighted to see him again. We found the players to be great and very friendly also, to be fair to the All Blacks they always seem to do something for the community when they are touring in places. I suppose in a way we gave back to them some bit too on Sunday night by taking their minds off the game for an hour or two." A DVD of the John Breen-directed 'Alone It Stands; The Documentary' is in shops from this Friday.

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