Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes unveiled ‘Blowie’, a friendly cartoon figure, as their new mascot today.
Blowie takes over the role previously held by Captain Hurricane, who the team felt had had his day. “Captain Hurricane was fantastic with the kids, I mean what says child-friendly more than a smiling middle-aged man with a droopy moustache?” said Canes flanker Brad Shields “But we wanted to push the team in a new direction.”
Canes management said that on gamedays at Westpac Stadium, Blowie will drive around the field in his trademark panel van, offering lollies to kids.
Star playmaker Beauden Barrett told Thai Castle: “We’re really excited for when Blowie comes on the field. He’s there to give us all a much needed boost, whether it’s in the changing rooms, on the sideline or maybe even the airport toilets.”
It was also revealed that Blowie was originally the idea of ex-coach Mark Hammett. He was quoted as saying that he was glad he contributed something to a team that he originally ran into the ground and drove away several of the best players. “While it’s true I didn’t get the results or respect of the players or fans, the important thing is I still got paid.” Said Hammett.