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Underwear-Clad Rugby Union Player Crashes Teammate's In-Home Interview

The magic of live television is that you never quite know what you’re going to see, and viewers of New Zealand’s Crowd Goes Wild sure got an eyeful today.

The show’s hosts were interviewing rugby union player Joe Wheeler in his home, when the interview was crashed by Wheeler’s teammate on the Highlanders, Fumi Tanaka. Wearing nothing but a pair of underwear, Tanaka crawled into Wheeler’s arms. The hosts of the show tried to play along, but bit off more than they could chew with this exchange about Tanaka, the first-ever Japanese player in New Zealand’s Super Rugby:

Host: Are you rubbing that man’s head just a little bit firmly?

Wheeler: They like it firm in Japan.

Host: [nervous laughter] They do? They do?

h/t Alistair

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