Team Ball Player Thing

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"Team Ball Player Thing" is a 2015 charity single and the official supporters' song of the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The song is performed by the charity supergroup #KiwisCureBatten and is in aid of research into Batten disease via the New Zealand charity Cure Kids.[1] The day after it was released, the song debuted at number six on the New Zealand Top 40.[2]

"Team Ball Player Thing"
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Single by #KiwisCureBatten
Released11 September 2015 (2015-09-11)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015; Auckland and Los Angeles
Producer(s)Joel Little
Cure Kids charity singles chronology
"Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"
"Team Ball Player Thing"

The song is officially credited as featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Brooke Fraser, Gin Wigmore, Broods, Daniel Bedingfield, The Naked and Famous, Sam McCarthy, Sahara Adams, Jemaine Clement, Savage, Jon Toogood, Jason Kerrison, Dave Dobbyn, Matiu Walters, Dave Baxter, Hollie Smith, Jupiter Project, Boh Runga, Jamie Curry, K.One, Lizzie Marvelly, Carly Binding, Jesse Griffin, Brooke Howard-Smith, Tom Furniss, Joseph Moore, PNC, Peter Urlich and Julia Deans. The music video features these and other artists, as well as New Zealand actors, comedians and rugby players.[3]


The project was organised by Brooke Howard-Smith and comedian Jesse Griffin, who approached film-maker Taika Waititi and songwriter/producer Joel Little. Like Cure Kids' 2012 charity single "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)", the lyrics of the song were based on ideas from young children. The song's title comes from a young girl who says the All Blacks "should just pass to the other team, ball, player... thing". The song is intended to be both a parody of sports anthems and an actual sports anthem. Vocal parts were recorded at Little's studio in Los Angeles and at a studio in Auckland.[4][5]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Taika Waititi and Jesse Griffin. As well as featuring the performers of the song, the video also includes appearances from members of the All Blacks, New Zealand actors and comedians and the children who contributed the lyrics. The full-length video starts with a 10-minute skit based around a meeting where the song is planned.[3]

Full music video appearancesEdit


Chart (2015) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 2


  1. ^ "All Blacks combine with musicians and celebrities for charity song". Stuff. Fairfax. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ "14 SEPTEMBER 2015". Official NZ Music Charts. RMNZ. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Team Ball Player Thing - full skit and song". Cure Kids. YouTube. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ "That Cure Kids charity single is finally out - and it's really good". NZ Herald. NZME. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "How Conchords, All Blacks, Lorde and entire NZ music industry ended up on the same song". NZ Herald. NZME. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "[
    1. KiwisCureBatten&titel=Team+Ball+Player+Thing&cat=s – #KiwisCureBatten – Team Ball Player Thing"]. Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 16 October 2016.

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