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All Blacks enjoying anonymity in Cubs-mad Chicago

9:25 PM GMT

CHICAGO — The All Blacks are flying under the radar in Chicago with the city focused on Tuesday night’s Game 6 in the World Series but they are enjoying escaping from the spotlight as they prepare for Saturday’s match against Ireland.

The city is awash with Cubs jerseys and caps as the city keeps just about everything crossed that their team delivers against the Indians in Cleveland. With the Bears winning on Monday night, the Blackhawks in action on Wednesday and the Bulls facing the Knicks on Friday, the All Blacks are far from being the dominant show in town. It is a rarity.

But like 2014, they are quite enjoying it and their relative anonymity — despite a huge cheer when they were shown on the screen at the Bulls on Sunday — means they are focusing on growing a familiarity between each other with four uncapped players in the squad.

Rugby meets basketball! The #AllBlacks loved cheering on @chicagobulls today!

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