Flight Centre took on Air New Zealand in a grudge Rugby re-match in Brisbane last week and things got sweaty and serious.

In a repeat of last year’s ‘Bledisloe bloodbath’ in Auckland when the Flight Centre reds rolled the Air New Zealand women and men in black 5-3, it was the reds again who dished out the damage, this year on their own ‘house of pain’ home turf at Musgrave Park in Brisbane.

Despite the game being close, in the end, the Air New Zealand team were no match for Captain Skroo’s well-drilled army of male and female warriors who eventually ran out 4-3 winners.


Captain Skroo leads the way...

Captain Skroo leads the way…

Both Skroo and David Coombes (AKA Coombsie – Flight Centre New Zealand EGM) personal battle with Cam Wallace (Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer) was in itself a sight to behold with big hits galore on the swamp-like, slippery surface.

The paddock resembled, well an actual cow paddock and the rain may have fallen for the whole match creating puddles everywhere, but Skroo’s men and women’s spirits would not be broken and they went on to produce a winning performance that even the Wallabies would have been proud of.

Well maybe.

Tod 'Hitman' Horton

Tod ‘Hitman’ Horton

Going into halftime at 2-2, Flight Centre legend Tod ‘Hitman’ Horton (Healthwise Global Business Leader) says that it was Flight Centre’s secret weapon that helped them edge out the game in the second half.

“It was a tough battle until halftime when we dug deep, filled up the Flight Centre drink bottles with Shiraz and then fired up with a few shots of Patron. After that, it was Flight Centre all the way and we were invincible.”

Did someone say “Shots!” Leanne Woolstencroft, FC Air Contracting

“All credit to the Air New Zealand team, but we were the better team on the day. I think we wanted it (The shots and the Shiraz anyway) more than them.” Mr Horton continued to say.

Needless to say, there were exhausted smiles all round at the end of the game, with the Flight Centre and Air New Zealand team’s enjoying the final game of the Bledisloe Cup Series (Game 3) together between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at Lang Park last Saturday evening.

Members of the All Blacks squad also paid Flight Centre’s Head Office in Southbank a special visit prior to the game thanks to Air New Zealand.


Air NZ, All Blacks and Leanne Woolstencroft, Matt Quinn and Tod Horton from FCTG


The night was even sweeter for the Flight Centre Aussies, with the Wallabies finally winning a game against the All Blacks for once.

Clearly, it was meant to be after the Flight Centre victory.

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