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All Blacks fans from birth

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/06/2017

Rugby-mad New Zealand is introducing an All Blacks-themed birth certificate.

The country's Department of Internal Affairs already offers birth certificates with a beach or forest theme for $2 more than the standard $33 birth certificate.

Deputy Registrar-General Adrian Jarvis says an All Blacks certificates can now be ordered retrospectively as well as for new births.

"We think that these are a great way for All Blacks fans to show their support, whether they are new babies or older fans wanting a new certificate," he said.

"We've been working hard to make sure we could launch the new certificate while one of our great rival teams is touring."

New Zealand is due to play the second Test against the touring British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

All births must be registered in New Zealand and about 180,000 birth certificates are issued every year.

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