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Fifty All Blacks line out to fuel up for Ireland clash

MEMBERS of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team enjoyed the star treatment last night when they stepped out to the Angler's Rest venue in Chapelizod for a bite to eat.

Nearly 50 members from the Kiwi camp including players, fitness trainers and coaches dined at the pub, before staying on to watch the televised Munster v Australia game at Thomond Park.

The high-profile group were spotted watching the game in the restaurant's Salmon Bar after their meal.

"They arrived for dinner shortly after 6.30pm and were greeted with seafood platters," said a restaurant source.

"Their starter was followed by a choice of fish and chips, two chargrilled chicken breasts with chive mash, a 10oz Irish sirloin steak or tomato seafood linguine with black olives and basil pesto, which they all seemed to really enjoy.

"They stuck to water and soft drinks and there were no desserts as they are on a strict diet ahead of Saturday's big game against Ireland."


Earlier that day the sportsmen had put in an intensive training session at the Ashbourne Rugby Club ahead of their clash at the Aviva stadium next weekend.

And they also got to try out some Irish dancing at Johnny Fox's pub in the Dublin Mountains -- finding it harder going than the Haka. The visiting rugby players are also expected to dine at Gourmet Burger Kitchen later this week.