Ian Jones: Former All Black on the multi-million dollar All Blacks Experience


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How accurate is your kicking and throwing? Are your reflexes good enough for you to touch only rugby balls - never soccer balls - on an interactive display screen to beat the other side?
If you want to test those abilities and explore the story of our deep passion for sport, then the new multimillion-dollar All Blacks Experience in Auckland is for you.
All Blacks, Māori All Blacks, Sevens and Black Ferns are all honoured in the project by New Zealand Rugby and Ngāi Tahu Tourism in the venture where whakataukī are prominent.
Ex-All Black Ian Jones led the Herald on the first tour. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Ex-All Black Ian Jones was one of the former rugby stars who served as an advisor to those setting up the experience.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's a nostalgic ride.
"You can come on the journey with us and feel what it's like to put on the black jersey, that Superman cape.
He says the feeling they've recreated allows - which allows visitors to see, hear, and even smell what it's like to be part of our national rugby team - is extremely accurate.
"In the background you can hear the crowd and anthem start to play, so the hairs on the back of the neck stand up. The heart does start to beat."

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