Test Yourself Against the All Blacks at the 2009 MasterCard All Blacks Roadshow
Auckland, 7 July 2009 – Fancy your kicking skills over Jimmy Cowan's? Think you can give Andrew Hore a
run for his money throwing in to a line out? Soon you may get the chance to prove it as the 2009 MasterCard All Blacks
Roadshow begins its journey to 13 towns and cities across New Zealand on Saturday, 27 June at Hagley Park in
This is the second year of the Roadshow, which brings the All Blacks up close to the fans that have been such a source of
strength to them over the years. Selected current All Black players, and MasterCard Rugby Ambassador and All Black legend
Buck Shelford, will be touring with the Roadshow for its entire journey around New Zealand.
Some lucky fans may even have the chance to score autographs and pictures with the All Blacks players and legends, with a
limited number of MasterCard rugby balls to be given out on the day to supporters that show their MasterCard card.
Stuart McKinlay, Country Manager New Zealand, MasterCard Worldwide, said: "MasterCard is delighted to bring the Roadshow
back for a second year to New Zealand communities, as part of our investment in New Zealand rugby.
"Not only can you bring your family along for a fun day out at the Roadshow, which will be run on weekends through June,
July and September, and test your rugby skills against your All Black heroes; but we hope that it may even inspire some young
kiwis to become All Blacks themselves!"
MasterCard Rugby Ambassador Richie McCaw agrees. "It's a great day out. I really enjoyed being part of the Roadshow last
year; it gives us, the All Blacks, the chance to visit some communities that wouldn't usually be on tour schedules and to
connect with the fans that see us through good times and bad."
The Roadshow features a series of five challenges that aim to give fans and supporters a chance to 'test themselves'
against the All Blacks and experience a tiny bit of what it is like to be an All Black, including:
Fans can check on how they rate against their rugby heroes by visiting www.mastercardroadshow.co.nz, which includes Roadshow news, video footage and pictures, blogs from Richie McCaw, Buck Shelford and more.
As part of its ongoing support for community rugby, MasterCard will be donating funds back to the local Provincial Rugby
Union clubs to say thanks for the help provided by volunteers. The funds will be used for variety of things ranging from new
team kits and equipment to travel costs. Additional local community fund-raising initiatives will happen at the Roadshow
along the way.
The MasterCard All Blacks Roadshow will be an impressive sight as it makes its way around New Zealand. The activity
represents the single largest investment behind MasterCard's sponsorship of the All Blacks during its six year collaboration
with the New Zealand Rugby Union.
The enormous inflatable 'rugby challenges' – some of the biggest ever seen in this country – will be towed by an Iveco
Stralis truck in a massive 13m tri-axle trailer unit also containing a 40 square metre fold-out stage. The Roadshow will
visit 13 city centres and sporting fields throughout the country.
Notes to editors
Roadshow destinations are noted below. For the most up-to-date information please visit
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