Fans cheered as the New Zealand Air Force made a low pass over Eden Park on Sunday, just moments before kickoff between the Blues and Hurricanes in round one of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
On the ground, a simple message standing between the two teams. Thank you Aotearoa.
A message reiterated by All Blacks first five, and Blues debutant, Beauden Barrett after the match.
"It was about rugby being back and everyone coming to support this team, and also the Hurricanes.