New Zealand's World Cup victory parade was wonderfully short on frills (Video) 6 years ago

New Zealand's World Cup victory parade was wonderfully short on frills (Video)

New Zealand may play the most exciting brand of rugby in the world but they like to think of themselves as a low-key nation (see: Steve Hansen's press conferences, Flight of the Conchords).

The victorious All Blacks held the first of three homecoming parades in Auckland this morning and there were very few frills on sight.

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It all started shortly after 7am (local time) when Richie McCaw and the Webb Ellis trophy were first through the arrivals gate.

World Rugby Player of the Year Dan Carter was travel weary but happy to give interviews:

New Zealand All Blacks Airport Arrival

After the players and coaching staff were reunited with family members, and friends, they got back onto a bus that took them to downtown Auckland for their parade. Crowds were out in force in the city of sails.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 04: All Black captain Richie McCaw (L) and coach Steve Hansen (R) hold the Webb Ellis Cup aloft during the New Zealand All Blacks welcome home celebrations at Victoria Park on November 4, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The choice of vehicles carrying the world champions through the streets were practical, to say the least. However, the odd all black jeep was spotted in between the construction trucks and big rigs.

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Once the players arrived at Victoria Park, they were greeted by thousands and welcomed with a Haka, or two; or three.

New Zealand All Blacks Welcome Home Celebrations

New Zealand All Blacks Welcome Home Celebrations

Until it was time for an official presentation, on-stage, and for captain Richie McCaw to do the rounds, pose for selfies and let lucky fans hold the coveted trophy.

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New Zealand All Blacks Welcome Home Celebrations

New Zealand All Blacks Welcome Home Celebrations

Soak it up lads.

Further parades will take place in Wellington and Christchurch over the coming days.

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