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August 22, 2016
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Silver-fern clad fans will be out in force to give the All Blacks a heroes' welcome home on Wednesday.

The team will be touching down in Auckland at 7am.

A ticker-tape parade will be held at Victoria Park at midday, with hoards of cheering fans expected to turn out, before the men in black head down the rest of the country.

Christchurch fans will welcome the All Blacks with a street parade and ceremony at Hagley Park on Thursday while Wellingtonians will celebrate with an event on Friday.

New Zealand Rugby general manager Neil Sorensen said it was important for fans but also the team.

"We know fans will be really keen to see the All Blacks and show their appreciation for this historic back-to-back triumph which has made us all so proud.

"The team also wants to show New Zealanders how much their support has meant to them over the past six weeks, " he said.

"Just as we did after the 2011 victory, we will be looking at ways making sure all New Zealanders can share in this fantastic moment. We don't want the Webb Ellis Cup gathering dust at New Zealand Rugby House."

Councils and the rugby union were remaining tight-lipped about the planned victory parades until this evening.

Auckland Council-owned events team Ateed said this afternoon it had been waiting on confirmation from the New Zealand Rugby Union before anything could be announced.

Mayor Len Brown said Aucklanders would want the chance to celebrate the unique achievement of New Zealand's national team.

"Four years ago, the All Blacks won RWC2011 at home and Aucklanders turned out in their droves.

"I expect a similarly enthusiastic response when they arrive home on Wednesday after doing it again at RWC2015", he said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the city would turn on a heroes' welcome.

The players would travel on the back of utes through Christchurch before finishing at Hagley Park.

"I was inundated with requests for a homecoming parade from the moment the final whistle blew, " she said.

"I remember an All Blacks coach saying that the All Blacks wasn't a team of champions, it was a champion team and we will welcome them as a team who have done us proud."

The details of Wellington's parade are yet to be confirmed.

Here come the men in black:

Wednesday, November 4 - Auckland
*7.00am approx: Team arrives into Auckland International Airport on NZ1. Expected in the public arrivals area around 7.30am.
*12 noon - 2pm: Celebration event at Victoria Park, central Auckland.

Thursday November 5 - Christchurch
*2.30pm: Parade begins at the corner of Rolleston Ave and Hereford St. Continues along Rolleston Ave and Park Terrace concluding before the Bealey Ave intersection. See tfc.govt.nz for road closures.

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