6 Jul 2015

All Blacks touch down in Samoa

9:02 pm on 6 July 2015

The All Blacks have touched down in Samoa, arriving to screaming fans and tight security.

All Blacks arrive in Samoa amid tight security.

The All Blacks have arrived in Samoa - amid tight security. Photo: RNZ / Sharon Lundy

They are in Samoa for the historic first All Blacks-Manu Samoa test to be played on Samoan soil, with kick-off on Wednesday afternoon.

Babies and the elderly were among those who eagerly awaited the arrival at Faleolo Airport near Apia, most supporting the local side but all excited about seeing the world champion All Blacks.

Pacific Institute of Performing Arts students Troy, Mils and Tavai (from left) prepare to welcome the All Blacks with a combined New Zealand/Samoan haka.

Pacific Institute of Performing Arts students Troy, Mils and Tavai (from left) prepare to welcome the All Blacks with a combined New Zealand/Samoan haka. Photo: RNZ / Sharon Lundy

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw led his team into the arrivals hall, where they were greeted with a rousing performance from students of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts.

They were whisked away before they got the chance to meet any of the thousands of screaming fans - with a heavy police presence ensuring their smooth passage to their waiting buses.

Five-year-old Richard and his father, Melia, await the All Blacks arrival at Faleolo Airport.

Five-year-old Richard and his father, Melia, await the All Blacks arrival at Faleolo Airport. Photo: RNZ / Sharon Lundy

All Blacks supporters Sita and Tutasi Tuigamala, from Waikato

All Blacks supporters Sita and Tutasi Tuigamala, from Waikato Photo: RNZ / Sharon Lundy

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