All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had to blow in the bag on Friday night and it brought tears to a few eyes when he did.
But the outstanding loosie wasn't in trouble with the law, instead he was making his debut as a bagpiper in a performance at Auckland's Langham Hotel to support the Black Friday Trust Dinner and Charity Auction.
The several hundred people at the event were told only that there was a special guest performance.
Most were rocked to their well-heeled feet when they realised the identity of the mystery solo artist when McCaw entered the function playing the pipes.
As the spotlight brightened and he advanced on the stage, audible gasps went out, while there were reports of a few tears in the house at his moving rendition of "Amazing Grace".
Fellow All Black Ali Williams was the other star at a function that raised thousands of dollars for spinal research, with an outstanding turn helping with the auction. His father suffered a spinal injury and is confined to a wheelchair.
You can find the longer version of the article here : http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5441416/Piping-hot-Richie-McCaw-wows-charity-bash/14/08/2011