All the bells and whistles
“For the railway crossings we had mp3 players playing the real railway bell crossing sounds on continuous play and a microprocessor to control the flashing lights. It took about $300 worth of batteries to power the whole thing and my ears rang for about three days afterwards,” chuckles Wilson, “New Zealand Rail even wanted to use the costumes to promote their rail safety week.”
The group of friends sits down in a pub every year in May to work out the costume theme for the next tournament. A few years ago it was ‘lights’ and then the idea progressed to ‘lights and sound’. Then work on the homemade costumes begins; after the design intricacies along with Lycra imported from China each one cost about $800.
The railway crossings will be out in force again at this week’s Sevens. Wilson and his friends are from the earthquake-affected suburb of Sumner in Christchurch and have been too distracted with house repairs to plan new costumes.
Wilson will be partying hard and he has some tips for first timer Sevens attendees.
“Don’t go there to watch the rugby, drink heaps of water and never sit in a seat. Go cruising around the concourse instead, you’ll have a lot more fun.”
Rugby Sevens, Westpac Stadium, February 3-4.