28 Days of Rugby Isolation

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1: Listen to a podcast

There’s no better way to get to know your favourite players than by listening to a podcast. Ardie Savea’s podcast is a must-listen and his focus on mental health is something very important currently. Brad Weber is another All Black with his own podcast while the Blues have just debuted their own show also. The All Blacks Podcast is another one to add to the list. Aside from rugby personalities, the All Blacks Podcast has featured big name guests like Brendon McCullum, John Campbell, former WWE champion JBL and boxer Joseph Parker.

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2: Stay fit at home

Given that every rugby player in the country is locked down at home for the next four weeks, they are all busy finding creative ways to stay fit at home. Make sure to follow their social media channels and copy some of their workouts in the comfort of your lounge.

3: Get your footy fix on Sky TV

Although there is no live rugby to watch for the next wee while, Sky Sport has opened their archive to bring you plenty of gold from the recent (and not so recent) past. Tune in every Friday and Saturday at 7pm as they re-live classic Super Rugby games from the past and much more throughout the week.

 

4: Perfect your pronunciation

Say my name, say my name. Check out some of our old ‘say my name’ videos so you can perfect the pronunciation of your favourite rugby players.

5: Read a book

Need a book recommendation? We’ve got you covered with 10 great rugby books to read while in isolation. Check out the full list HERE.

 

6: Do a fun kid’s activity

Whether you are a big kid or a small kid, there’s plenty of fun to be had in crosswords, puzzles, colouring-in activities and light-hearted challenges. We have you covered next week with an All Blacks-themed online kids activity pack. Keep an eye on our social channels for when it is released!

 

7: Get your hygiene on point

During this anxious time you cannot be reminded enough to wash your hands, so we are going to remind you again, with an All Blacks twist:

8: Catch up on 25 Years of Investec Super Rugby

It’s time to get nostalgic and look back at the past 25 years of Investec Super Rugby. Follow @SuperRugbyNZ across social media to see regular throwbacks and tune into Sky Sport to see full replays of classic old games, interviews with legends and more.

 

9: Tune into Tik Tok

If you are not on the world’s fastest growing social media platform Tik Tok, now is the time to take the plunge. You can get involved in fun challenges, show off your dance moves or simply be entertained by some of our rugby stars like Vaea Fifita, Richie Mo’unga, Ardie Savea, Ngani Laumape and more.

10: DIY Time

From painting the fence to sorting the garden or clearing out the garage, now is the time to nail those DIY projects around your place. If you are after ideas, check out what Anton Lienert-Brown and Damian McKenzie have created in their backyard.

11: Stay at home skills

Rustle up some spare toilet paper rolls and show us your ‘stay at home skills’. Tag the @allblacks in your post and we will share some of the best ones. Check out what has already been shared below:

12: Learn about the haka

The All Blacks perform two separate haka – Ka Mate and Kapa o Pango. Learn all about them HERE and watch a classic All Blacks haka below.

13: Gaming

What was better? Jonah Lomu Rugby on PS1 or Rugby 08 on PS2? The debate has raged for many years and now fans have the chance to dust off their old consoles and settle the debate once and for all. And remember to keep an eye out for the latest rugby game – Rugby Challenge – which will hit shelves and online stores later this year.

14: Get busy in the kitchen

It’s time to get your Jamie Oliver on! Spag-bol and cheese on toast can take a backseat for a few weeks as your get creative in the kitchen like many of our rugby stars have been doing across the country.

15: Show your pets some love

No one will be happier to see you home for this period than your pets. Show them plenty of love during this time and get your dogs out for a walk. You can still do that as long as you keep two metres distance from anyone you pass on the street.

 

16: Breakout the popcorn

We know a lot of you will be binging on Netflix or Amazon, but how about catching up on a classic rugby film? AllBlacks.com will be bringing you a list of five great rugby films soon but in the meantime check out all of these great rugby movies, documentaries and short films available at NZ on Screen.

17: Rookie Watch

This year has seen over 30 rookies take the field in Investec Super Rugby already. Catch up on how they performed in our latest edition of ‘rookie watch’.

18: Get lost on youtube

Keen to jump into an online rabbit warren? If so, check out the All Blacks youtube channel where you will find endless hours of entertainment, including class match highlights, legend interviews, room raiders episodes, behind the scenes content and much more.

 

19: Play a board game

Now might be the time to go old school and bust out your old board games like Cluedo, Monopoly or Connect Four. Crusaders flanker Tom Christie says that’s just what’s been happening in his household. "The only tip we've got in this household is we've kept our  competitive edge a lot by playing a lot of board games, a little bit of poker between ourselves, that's one way we can keep our competitive heads," Christie said.

 

20: Dance like Razor

Now is your chance to breakdance like Razor! 

21: Become a stats geek

Want to know anything and everything about the All Blacks? Head to stats.allblacks.com to immerse yourself in all the stats and facts from All Blacks history and become ultra-armed for any rugby quiz.

 

22: Have a haircut (or not)

If you haven’t heard the Crusaders are participating in a #LockDownChallenge where they cannot cut their hair or shave while in isolation. If that isn’t for you, perhaps you could replicate one of the great ‘lids’ from Super Rugby history?

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23: Develop your skills

One of the great things about having our rugby players in isolation is that they are sharing plenty of great tips and tricks online. Aaron Smith has been on fire with his skills masterclasses like the one below.

24: Learn Te Reo

It could be the time for you to learn a new language. If you want to start with Te Reo Māori there are plenty of free online courses like this one HERE.

 

25: Home schooling – All Blacks style

There’s plenty of ways you can incorporate the All Blacks into your home-schooling regime. For the pre-schoolers there is the A-Z of the All Blacks book while smallblacks.com provides plenty or learning and entertainment options for kids of all ages.

 

26: Decorate your work from home station

We are fond of our All Blacks-themed set-up below. Perhaps you could decorate your work-station in the colours of your favourite team?

27: Learn an instrument

Four weeks is surely enough time to learn a new instrument. Do you think you could get as good as Angus Ta’avao on the saxophone?

28: Be kind, stay home, save lives

Our final thing to do during the lockdown is the most important of all. Be kind, stay home, save lives. 

 

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