Robbie Williams, sporting All Blacks jersey, blown away by powhiri

With England out of the Rugby World Cup, one of their greatest entertainers is “backing the All Blacks” in this weekend’s final against Australia.

British pop superstar Robbie Williams jetted into Wellington last night wearing an All Blacks jersey ahead of his concert on Saturday night at the Basin Reserve.

The pop superstar, showing his support for the All Blacks, was blown away by a powhiri to mark his arrival in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Williams, travelling with his father Peter Conway, was blown away by the powhiri at a private hangar at Wellington Airport.

“Absolutely incredible, it’s blown my mind, yea, mind blown, straight from that traditional welcome, the energy of that, the fierceness of that, the pride, you know it’s a mixture of terrified and exhilarated and is he going to throw that at me, it was incredible.”

It’s the first time the 41-year-old has been in New Zealand in 12 years.

The Basin Reserve cricket ground is being transformed into a concert venue to host up to 15,000 fans in the only outdoor performance of William’s Let Me Entertain You tour.

It’s the first major solo act to perform at the Basin Reserve, and Positively Wellington Chief Executive Glenys Coughlan hopes it will open the door for more international artists to perform there.

“Wellington has missed out in the past because it didn’t have a venue smaller than Westpac Stadium that could host between 10 and 15 thousand fans.”

There are still some tickets available for the show.

Williams has sold more than 77 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.



All Blacks stick with Moody, Crockett ruled out for RWC final

The All Blacks have named their team to play the Wallabies in Sunday's Rugby World Cup final.

Steve Hansen has kept his 23-man squad unchanged from the one which edged South Africa 20-18 in the semi-finals last weekend.

Loosehead prop Joe Moody's impressive form has seen him retain a starting spot, with Wyatt Crockett still sidelined.

It had been hoped that Crockett would play a role from the bench, however, his injury means Ben Franks keeps his spot on the bench.

All Blacks: Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

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