All Blacks Of This Earth

Adidas International has commissioned a stirring campaign to support the All Blacks run for the Rugby Union World Cup in France, using dirt and grass. The 30-man squad each carried a capsule of earth from every New Zealand rugby ground that was once trodden on by one of the 1071 men chosen to represent New Zealand in the country’s national game.

Rugby of this earth

We’re given a sample of the fields and settings from which All Blacks have come. Dan Carter kicks a ball on the mist-covered grounds of Southbridge in Canterbury. A rousing game of rugby is played on a Counties-Manukau ground – the club from which came seventeen All Blacks. We’re shown a patch in the Wellington stadium from which came 153 All Blacks. Waikato produced 55 All Blacks. Kurow in North Otago produced two All Blacks, Phil Gard and Charlie Saxton. Wairarapa Bush produced 29 All Blacks. Opunake in Taranaki produced 3 All Blacks, Carl Hayman, Graham Mourie and Bill Currey. Music ranges from the Scottish bagpipes through to a traditional Maori haka.


The Of This Earth campaign was developed at 180 Amsterdam by executive creative director Andy Fackrell, creative director Richard Bullock, art director Stuart Brown, copywriter Nick Marzano, agency producer Cedric Gairard and planning director Andy Edwards.

“Speaking as one of the nine Kiwis in this agency, it’s very emotional for us to create a piece of work for our home country” says Andy Fackrell, Executive Creative Director, 180 Amsterdam “There’s a certain sense of pride with how many All Blacks come out of your hometown: in my case Wainuiomata. It was very special to include Jonah Lomu in the film, and Sir Brian Lochore who tells the story.”

Filming was shot by director Johnny Green via Knucklehead, London, with producer Bruce Williamson and director of photography Adam Kimmel. Editor was Filip Malasek via Robota, Czech Republic. Post production was done at Moving Pictures Company, London.

All Blacks on field of  turf for Rugby World Cup


    Howzit!..well i don’t knwo if i’m acctually writing to somone…but i just wanted to say..that this is the best rugby ad i’ve ever seen…the idea photography the music everything is just great!!…And this is a south african who now lives in France telling u this…well i wish the All Blacks a lot of luck although my team are the springboks…and believe me this ad is defenetly going to support the all balcks ( wish we had an ad like this for the springboks but no..we’ve got a stupid ad that is really bad!)anyways if someone is going to reply..i was wondering if u could tell me who made this ad ( like the photographer cameraman ect…and above all where does the music come from coz its really nice..and i would like to know the artist!..well hope u reply..bye for now! david

  • johnny green

    i directed the ad and am very happy you enjoyed it
    makes it worth all the hard work just to read one comment like yours so thank you

    the film was shot by the same photographer / cameraman who workrd on the feature film capote

    good luck to you and the boks

    johnny green

  • johnny green

    excuse my spelling good with pictures not so good with words

  • Q-10

    The music was very effective in this ad. Was it commissioned or is it available commercially?