Deep birthday wishes will be made on November 1st in 2021, with the likes of Kevin Pietersen and David Warner topping the list.
“It’s great to have a few more great memories and good wishes,” Pietersen said.
“We always think about the kids and the families who we’ve had so much fun with and I’m just really proud of my friends and the family and the kids, so we want to have the best Christmas I can possibly have.”
The veteran batsman, who turns 80 in December, has been a lifelong fan of the All Blacks, who were named in his honour in his autobiography.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really into it,” he said.
“We’ve played the All Black side over the years and it’s always a pleasure playing for them.
I don’t know how I got on to the side, I was born and bred a Kiwi and it was always a special experience for me to watch them.”
Pietersen is one of a number of former All Blacks players to have his birthday wishes honoured in 2018, including Warren Gatland, David Pocock and Conrad Smith.
“They’re very nice to see you have a wish,” he joked.
“If I was to get on to that side I would wish them all the best for the future.”
Happy birthday, Peter!
🚀Happy birthday to you and yours.
You will be 87 in 2021 and I’ll miss you very much!
pic.twitter.com/b1v8VgK3d6 — Paul Hirst (@PHTirst) September 18, 2021The Australian All Blacks star, who is also a broadcaster, has a fondness for the franchise, having captained the side to back-to-back Rugby World Cups in 2010 and 2011.
“The last time we won it was 10 years ago and I’ve been to the last one,” he explained.
The All Blacks are hoping to keep their traditions alive in the coming years, with new stadium plans for the venue on the cards.””
They’ve got a good tradition, they’re always up for something new and they’ve got an amazing atmosphere.”
The All Blacks are hoping to keep their traditions alive in the coming years, with new stadium plans for the venue on the cards.
“A great team is going to be built here in 2019,” Hirst said.
“It will be a fantastic stadium, it will be built by the New Zealand Rugby Union, which is a very well respected organisation, and the All Blues are really going to enjoy a really good partnership with the New York Cosmos.”
The Rugby Football Union has already been awarded the rights to host the 2021 Rugby World Cup, and plans for a future expansion to the North American market are already under way.
While the 2019 Rugby World Championships are the focus of the team’s celebrations, they also want to celebrate the milestone of the franchise’s 100th match.
They’ve already set up a special Facebook page to commemorate the milestone, with fans sharing their wishes for a better future for the game.”100 years since we last won a World Cup,” the page reads.
“So many memories, memories, and great memories are coming back for all of us.”© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2018