All Blacks plan victory parade

2011-10-18 10:53

Auckland – The New Zealand public may be forgiven to believe that Auckland City council are pre-empting an All Blacks victory as the New Zealand Herald reported that they are quietly planning a victory parade for next week.

According to the report, the New Zealand Rugby Union have been in talks to hold a ticker-tape parade in the city centre next Wednesday or Thursday.

However, their forward thinking and planning has not gone down all to well with some.

Commentator Keith Quinn said, "Let me quote a line from William Shakespeare: 'We must not run before our horse to the market.'

"That is the feeling I have when thinking about New Zealand and the Rugby World Cup. Those of us who are self-appointed historians ... remember the 1999 and 2007 games against France.

"It was almost as if the fans couldn't believe they would lose. Overconfidence could affect everyone in New Zealand. Being overconfident could seep into the bones, into the psyche, of the nation and even the All Blacks,” commentator Keith Quinn told the New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand have been instilled as the bookmaker’s favourite to conquer their European rivals in Sunday’s final and a collective sigh of relief was felt across the nation after the All Blacks beat a team they have previously never managed to beat at the World Cup, Australia.

According to NZRU spokesperson Julie Clausen, talking about any victory celebrations would be premature.

Furthermore, a post-World Cup party is planned to take place in Auckland on Monday.

Organisers of the celebratory New Zealand Labour Day festival, Kiwi Day Out say it will happen regardless of whether the All Blacks win the Webb Ellis Cup.

"It's not a premature celebration [plan]. Obviously, we're hoping that is how it happens but it doesn't have any bearing on how it works out,” said one of the organizers of the event, Dave Mee .

Comedian Ben Hurley said New Zealanders had started to relax their superstitions about the cup.

"A lot of people have had their fingers in their ears going 'La, la, La' anytime anyone has mentioned us winning so as not to jinx it, but that might have finished now."

"In saying that, it's going to be really embarrassing if you bake a cake saying, 'We won', and take it to a pre-final winning party and then we lose. That's probably going too far."

* RWC final odds on BET.CO.ZA: New Zealand vs France


  • Ann - 2011-10-18 11:15

    Shows how flawed this year's RWC is... if we can so easily predict the winner :(

      Deon - 2011-10-18 12:04

      Maybe Jk was right, he told us for more than a month (France by 8)

      Lionel - 2011-10-18 12:10

      @Deon,true lol,he irritated the daylights out of me/us with that.

      Raymond - 2011-10-18 12:55

      At least if the world ends on Friday as predicted by the loony tunes, we will remain World Champions.

      Thomas - 2011-10-18 20:56

      What a hollow feeling lifting the cup when you know it's the most tainted in the history of World Cups!!! Ritchie and his team know they are quite capable of winning the cup, they didn't need the likes of Lawrence and Co protecting them from any team that may pose a threat!!!!! Now they will be known as the team not winning the cup but given the cup!!!!!!!!

  • jwdupreez - 2011-10-18 11:20

    I personally have my problems with such a move - if I were involved in such a plan it would "back-fire" on me (Murphy's Law) - hen they will loose the game and be left with egg on their faces.......??

      Gershwin - 2011-10-18 11:48

      Eggs they will be having scrambled eggs and bacon on there faces, and oh yes not forgetting mushrooms. greenpepper, and oins with toast on the side

  • Michael - 2011-10-18 11:26

    This world cup is a complete farce. Pity for new zealand that a fellow New zealander turned WC 2011 into a mockery. I predict the final to be a complete thrashing by AB's and this WC the most "forgettable" of the 7 world cups!!!

      Johan - 2011-10-18 11:57

      ...PDV and John Smit lost the World Cup for the Protea-rugby-team... ...Bismarck du Plessis and Hougaard should have been the start-15... .....thanks to PDV they were NOT ... .....end of story... .......stop crying...!!

      Johan - 2011-10-18 13:13

      Blue, ......thanks ......nice day to you as well...!! (you and the Protea-rugby-team = losers....!!)

      Johan - 2011-10-18 13:40

      Blue, ....I support a winning team... ...the All Blacks...!! ...their players selected on "merit" and coaches selected on "merit"... and the Protea-rugby-team are the actual LOSERS...!! ...bad losers...!! .....sad losers....!! ....sour losers...!!!.........he he he he he he he he he he he... ..!!!

      Johan - 2011-10-18 13:58

      ..Protea-rugby-team and supporters = losers...!! ........All Blacks = World Champions 2011...!! ......Super 15 team = Sharks...!!! ......Currie Cup team = Sharks...!!! .......I stopped supporting the Boks when the ANC replaced the Springbok with the Protea and when Heyeneke Meyer was robbed of being the Bok/Protea coach.... ... ..........Go All Blacks..!!!

      Michael - 2011-10-18 16:13

      Sorry Johan, but anyone who can switch from a Bok support to a AB support just because the emblem was moved to the other side of the jersey, isnt a supporter at all, more of a sheep, BAAAAAAAAA!!!

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-18 19:22

      Yes Johan you support a team that doesn't WIN on MERIT

      Noskalator - 2011-10-18 20:35

      @ Gordon, hahahaha what a douche comment. Go have a cry to your mummy ok. SA are crap and all your players have stupid names.

  • Benmica - 2011-10-18 11:29

    It will be a very hollow victory after their referees took out the 2nd and 3rd best teams, the Bokke and Wales.... A question I ask myself, are they the real champions?

      Johan - 2011-10-18 13:17

      Blue, ......stop crying... .....try prozac... ....or sniff some glue... will help....

      Anca - 2011-10-18 13:26

      Oh please. Stop all this b/s "real champions" questions. The All Blacks can only play what is in front of them. There is no way that this team had anything to do with the appointment of refs or the choking of a team that had all the possesion in the 1/4 but could not beat a team that were totally dominated. If you want to play the "real champions" card, then answer this question. How can the Boks be the real champion if the All Black were knocked out of the 2007 WC by a forward pass that was missed by the ref. The Boks won the cup by playing what was in front of them - same position the AB are in right now, albeit team that were rated way lower than Aus and France.

      Barry - 2011-10-18 21:19

      @Anca....I think one of the problems this whole RWC is the AB have had very little in front of them.

  • Rory - 2011-10-18 11:38

    Now they've jinxed it!

  • Ben - 2011-10-18 11:50

    That's a jinx if there ever was one....

  • Dalai - 2011-10-18 12:21

    Counting Kiwis before they are hatched.

  • Chris - 2011-10-18 12:30

    Yip, people forget that France as a rugby nation, though erratic, are extremely passionate and intelligent. They are there for one reason only and that is to cause an upset as they have done before, like the article rightly portraits.What more is needed to motivate a French man, by a crucified Frog? Funnily enough, it is probably and unlikely happening, but what a smile I will ware after this game if the unspeakable had to happen. Will the Springbok supporters that cheered for the AB's, just to prove a point, feel the same as I will. They probably will, but would not dare saying it out loud, as their true colours as "bliksemse draadsitters" will be revealed!

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-18 14:49

      we wanted Australia out and now we want NZ out nothing wrong with the NZ team but unfortunately that referee was from NZ, i will be voting for France and Wales this weekend. Normally I would have gone Southern Hemisphere but this world cup changed my mind

  • Deon - 2011-10-18 17:55

    These clowns have been predicting their own win since 2010 when P Divvy hinted at corruption and a few Ozzies agreed. What a farce.....

  • Bush - 2011-10-18 18:37

    Blue, stop stealing my insults: )

  • Barry - 2011-10-18 21:20

    GOOO FRANCE !! .... By 8

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