A different kind of blackshirt

In the middle of a joint press conference Monday, the New Zealand Minister of Defense Jonathan Coleman presented Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with a jersey for the All Blacks rugby team on Monday.

The Pentagon posted a photo of the moment here.

“When Secretary Hagel and all those free Sundays in Nebraska is out mowing his lawns, I hope he’ll spare a thought for New Zealand and be able to wear this in some of his copious leisure time,” Coleman said.

Coleman and Hagel discussed various national and regional security matters. The U.S. military’s ongoing pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region has been at the top of Hagel’s agenda since he took over the post early this year.

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