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Classic ABs excited to face home team

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CLASSIC All Blacks vice-captain Jerry Collins believes the visitors would put on something special against the Flying Fijians to mark Fiji Rugby Union's centennial celebration at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow.

Collins who earned 48 Test caps for New Zealand said despite not spending much time together as a team, they were excited about facing the national side.

He said the inclusion of Rupeni Caucau, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Joe Rokocoko had boosted their side.

"As a rugby player it is an honour to be part of such an occasion," the 32-year-old said.

"It is a great opportunity to play here against Fiji in their centennial year. The Classic All Blacks are excited. We haven't had much time together but I'm sure we will put something together worthy for the occasion.

"It is pleasant to have the team that we have got.

"We are grateful to the Fiji Rugby Union for putting this game on. In saying that, we are playing against the national side.

"It will pretty be a Test match affair with a full house. It is good to have three Fijians in the team. They have played in New Zealand for many years. Rupeni has come back from injury. If we get the Rupeni of old then it will be very exciting. It is also good to see Siti and Joe back as well."

The Classic All Blacks held a touch rugby game with the Yavusania Village club team in Nadi yesterday.

The villagers turned up in numbers to cheer on the two teams.

Collins said it was a great opportunity to be at the village for development purposes.

"This is where we all started from back in the suburbs. Majority of the boys are from there. It is nice to have the opportunity to get back down to such areas for development purposes."