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Japan: All Blacks stars say 'san-kyu' to their Rugby World Cup hosts

Japan, Tokyo
September 22, 2019 at 14:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Players from the New Zealand national rugby union team participated in an event organised by their government in Tokyo on Sunday to say thank you to their Japanese hosts for their hospitality during the ongoing 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The event was called 'New Zealand says 39', with the number having a phonetic pronunciation ('san-kyu') which closely resembles the English 'thank you.'

All Blacks players Joe Moody, Jack Goodhue, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Shannon Frizell and Brad Webber, appeared at the event, where they hung out with Japanese fans, and participated in a Q&A.

Actor Jamus Webster, who was also a part of the event to promote Kiwi culture, said: "Sharing our culture to the people of Japan has been such an amazing experience. We've been learning ourselves about the similarities that we have with the Japanese culture and it's all about "manaakitanga" or the hosting of guess."

New Zealand's next match is scheduled for October 3, when they'll face Canada at the Showa Denko Dome in Oita.

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Players from the New Zealand national rugby union team participated in an event organised by their government in Tokyo on Sunday to say thank you to their Japanese hosts for their hospitality during the ongoing 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The event was called 'New Zealand says 39', with the number having a phonetic pronunciation ('san-kyu') which closely resembles the English 'thank you.'

All Blacks players Joe Moody, Jack Goodhue, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Shannon Frizell and Brad Webber, appeared at the event, where they hung out with Japanese fans, and participated in a Q&A.

Actor Jamus Webster, who was also a part of the event to promote Kiwi culture, said: "Sharing our culture to the people of Japan has been such an amazing experience. We've been learning ourselves about the similarities that we have with the Japanese culture and it's all about "manaakitanga" or the hosting of guess."

New Zealand's next match is scheduled for October 3, when they'll face Canada at the Showa Denko Dome in Oita.

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