Thursday, September 19, 2019


The All Blacks have been more than happy to stop for fan photographs, but one superstar in their hotel was not so obliging.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather has checked into the Hilton Conrad on a promotional trip, but his entourage of security guards have quickly ushered away anyone looking for a quick snap.

Mayweather has been in full showman mode, wearing sparkling jewellery and with glamorous women by his side. New Zealand's Beauden Barrett said: 'A few of the boys have seen him. The guys were in awe when they spotted him!'

Boxer Floyd Mayweather has checked into the Hilton Conrad at the same time as the All Blacks
Boxer Floyd Mayweather has checked into the Hilton Conrad at the same time as the All Blacks 

  •  Football legend Diego Maradona paid a surprise visit to Argentina's changing room during the 2015 rugby World Cup and the Pumas are hoping he will follow them to Japan. Hooker Julian Montoya said: 'Maybe he will come out and have some sushi!'

  • A British Armed Forces rugby team have been given a dressing down after nearly causing a diplomatic incident by visiting a Japanese shrine that honours executed war criminals.

  • The Yasukuni shrine treats war dead as Shinto gods, and has a museum whose exhibits include a locomotive from the Burma 'Death Railway', where thousands of Allied PoWs died.

The UK Armed Forces team quickly removed their online social media post about the visit
The UK Armed Forces team quickly removed their online social media post about the visit 

The UK Armed Forces team quickly removed their social media post about the visit after Paul Madden, the British ambassador, had words.

'It was very, very naive,' a team organiser said. 'We've been told not to visit any more shrines, just in case.

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