Hosts lukewarm about RWC

2011-08-02 08:51

Wellington - Barely one third of New Zealanders are enthusiastic about the Rugby World Cup, a mere five weeks out from the sport's global showpiece, said a survey released on Tuesday.

A nationwide online poll found only 37 percent were looking forward to the tournament, 35 percent were not, and the remainder had no feelings either way.

The figures were skewed by a marked lack of enthusiasm in the largest South Island province of Canterbury which has been devastated by a series of earthquakes over the past 11 months, pollsters UMR Research said.

Seven World Cup games scheduled for Canterbury were moved away when AMI Stadium in the main city of Christchurch was rendered unusable due to quake damage.

The Canterbury result suggested "they are feeling left out after games were moved away from Christchurch", the survey said.

The September 9-October 23 tournament will be the largest event ever staged in New Zealand, with 85,000 overseas fans expected to attend.

The poll, conducted in early July, had a 3.4 percent margin of error.


  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-08-02 08:54

    A nationwide poll done in old age homes....

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 09:46

      I disagree.

      Pictureof - 2011-08-02 09:56

      Wonder what % were women?

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:03

      Saffa-Cat won't enjoy your comment Pictureof..

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:14

      @Biggestbull - Pictureof is correct.....I do realise I am in the minority. No offence taken.

      Shona - 2011-08-02 11:26

      @ Pictureof...I can't see why all women wouldn't be enthusiastic about thousands of males from all over the world coming to their country...especially hot rugby players :-) They don't even need to be rugby fans. I am a big rugby fan and I know a lot of other females that are big fans too

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:38

      Shona, you sound hot. Where did you come from?

      Shona - 2011-08-02 11:46

      I'm from place to be :-)

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:20

      We normally go to Margate. We stay in the caravan park but are not like the other people.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 08:55

    Oh dear. The muscle memory from previous World Cup traumas will not allow the Kiwis to get "excited" - shame.

      Kok - 2011-08-02 09:59


      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:02

      Ever been to NZ Kokkie?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:09

      @biggestbull - The closest Kok has been to NZ is Google Earth......

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:15

      This is probably the first time he's heard of Google.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:17

      @Biggestbull: any news on Pierre Spies's injury?

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:22

      Not yet Saffa. I tried to Tweet him but he ignores my messages. I'm trying to set up a braai with him and Wynand. I hope his groin is better by then as I just had my jacuzzi installed.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:26

      @biggestbull - I have yet to work out who you are......with this new profile of yours, but I think we knew you as someone else on here in the past :) Keep tweeting, he has to answer you eventually....

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:28

      Saffa, let's just say I've been around for a while.

      jk - 2011-08-02 10:34

      saffa- hoor vir kokiie- sound like a foxterrier...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:37

      @biggestbull - hahahahha, knew it. Nice re-invention. @jk - Kok is going to disappear like trust fund money in Sandton if his team don't win this WC.

      Kok - 2011-08-02 10:56

      @Biggest Bull: I am actually planning to go in a years time. Trinations 2012, I want to visit the holy land of rugby.

      Kok - 2011-08-02 10:57

      Is Saffa Cat in love with Spies????

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:05

      KOK, Leave Spies out of this!! By the way, do you know anything about his injury?

      Kok - 2011-08-02 11:08

      No. Just know of injured guys like Ice Toeava, Issi Dagg, Sivi (knee), etc.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 11:27

      @BiggestBull - is that you Lloyd...could it possibly be....

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:37

      Saffa, I can honestly say I am neither Lloyd nor Alwyn.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:08

      saffa- maori already didnt pay his internet bundle, next to be gone is kokkie. and trust me, he wont see sandton...

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:09

      kokkie- whos gonna pay for your trip?? surely you cant

      Kok - 2011-08-02 13:06

      @jk: Surely I can, my best friend's name is Ju Ju.

  • sonnyg - 2011-08-02 09:07

    Kiwis are possibly some of the most boring and pessimistic people I have ever met. They are basically sulking because they have not won the RWC since 1987, the popularity of rugby drops every time they lose the WC.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 09:48

      Don't generalise. Many people think us Pretorianers are also boring, but that, of course, is not the case.

      RobinHood - 2011-08-02 10:11

      BiggestB - you are wrong - we KNOW you are boring

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:16

      You are full of hate Robin.

      Jerry - 2011-08-02 14:56

      Pretoria?? Now we know one thing for sure, BiggestBull is wearing goue sandaaltjies.

  • burger hoon - 2011-08-02 09:15

    survey, survey, survey blah blah blah

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 09:46

      You don't like surveys then?

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-02 09:24

    Ek sal ook lou voel as my span altyd Choke

      Kok - 2011-08-02 09:59

      Soos WP/Stormers

      Kok - 2011-08-02 10:00

      En Proteas

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-02 10:02

      KoK aka Rob Peters jy het darem n moerse chip op jou skouers

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:04

      KOK=ROB PETERS...HAAAAAA, nou maak alles sin.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-02 10:30

      jip, ......soos WP/Stormers... ...en die Proteas....

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:36

      You know JohnnyBB, I write mostly tongue-in-cheek stuff on this site to piss people off but you are really an extremely annoying guy (even for ME)

  • Slingervel - 2011-08-02 09:28

    This poll also reflects the feelings of rugga supporters elsewhere in the world. New Zealand is Soweto-by-the-Sea, much too far to travel, it has disgusting weather and not a place where you want to spend hard-earned money. There are many better places to have the WRC!

      cupid - 2011-08-02 10:05

      try visiting the place for once you clown before you generalise but in your case narrow minded idiots arent welcome in NZ after all.

      maycenz - 2011-08-02 10:18

      You ever heard the phrase "people who live in glass houses should not throw stones" mate? NZ has a massive tourist industry so what are ya basing this "not a place to spend money"? Have you have ever left SAF or are you just basing your facts on your own xenophobic leanings. Also if it is so disgusting then why do so many SAF's move to NZ? Not sure why you SAF have to insult the country and the ppl of NZ based on a poll around NZ'ers being unsure about a world cup though. Bit odd.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:29

      @Cupid and Maycenz - NZ is a beautiful country, and I doubt very much the folk 'bashing' the country are being serious..... (if they are, it's their loss, they will be missing out on visiting some of the most beautiful places on God's earth)

      maycenz - 2011-08-02 10:38

      @ SAFFA-CAT - To be fair i agree that the views of Slingervel are not representative of the SAF's i know (not based in NZ right now). I am flying home for the WV myself and I am looking forward to it and have tickets to quite a few matches and would love to see NZ play SAF with both teams at full strength.

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:21

      Well said Voorvel.

      kiwiNZ - 2011-08-04 10:28

      @Slingervel hey Bro.. what's your problem with our weather. It depends on where in the country you are for the weather you might prefer. We are more south of the equator than Cape Town so expect it to be cold & we are sub tropical so it does rain often but again that depends where you are in the country. Some areas gets far more sun for longer periods, other places it just rains a lot and then in wellington its always windy just like the cape town south easter.On the south island you have extreme hot weather in summer & extremely cold in winter . Mind you...You also will NOT get hijacked or robbed/raped/killed while you explore OUR country & chances are you might want to enjoy our 'peace of mind" for more than just a RWC visit... possibly for the rest of your life like the rest of us kiwis do... :) then you can support a winning team and put all this bok madness behind you & wonder what on earth made you support them??

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-02 09:33

    What happened to good old-fashioned "gees" and the build up to such a great sporting event?

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-08-02 09:37

      Too much rugby being played and televised at the moment. It gets boring...

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:01

      Because of greedy broadcasters we now have rugby for most of the year. The game will lose it's appeal very soon.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:10

      Rugby League is taking over...........sad but true.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:23

      Cage fighting is taking over.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:29

      Step into the cage and feel the rage.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:32

      Yes, Cage Fighting. It's bloody awesome. Almost as cool as rugby.

      jk - 2011-08-02 10:35

      more anneleen, almal het die plot verloor, en vergeet waaroor ware spirit(s) gaan.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:40

      MMA @Anneleen. (Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu, wrestling, Muay Thai etc - mixed martial arts fighting)

      Andrew - 2011-08-02 12:04

      I've done a bit of cage fighting in my time ........ the budgies did'nt stand a chance.

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:22

      What happened to good old-fashioned car-wax...

  • Rob - 2011-08-02 09:39

    I`m not surprised, Rugby is busy destroying itself much like Cricket.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 09:45

      You know what Rob, I have to agree with you. Too much rugby being played.

      jk - 2011-08-02 10:36

      biggestbull- too much crap being talked...

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:50

      jk, out of the closet yet? Like I said yesterday; if you can dream it, you can DO it!!!

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 20:08

      @Bull. Why do you always want JK to come out, want a date?

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 09:44

    Quite a lethargic bunch these Islanders. Smoking Marijuana is clearly number one on their priority list, hence the "long white cloud"

      cupid - 2011-08-02 10:08

      better to have smoking pot a priotity than to make rape and murder an epidemic unlike other places far away from NZ

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:18

      Agreed cupid. But wait, NZ's time for tik has almost arrived and that will change everything. Just ask jk.

  • Kok - 2011-08-02 10:01

    The All Blacks Supporters in SA are 100% enthusiastic about the RWC in NZ. Go All Blacks!!!

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:02

      Break a leg Kock!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:10

      Well @Kok - it's a helluva pity you chaps aren't in NZ then - maybe the 'survey' would read a little differently.

      jk - 2011-08-02 10:37

      kokkie- im back my bra- whats up- you know that france is gona beat you in your group match again

      Kok - 2011-08-02 11:00

      @jk: Next joke plz...

      Dash - 2011-08-02 14:41

      @Kok You are the biggest plonker ever:-( AB wanna be, ever heard of 'home is where the heart is' GO BOKKE no matter what they say.

  • Umfubi - 2011-08-02 10:04

    Interesting. I bet if the RWC were being held in SA we'd hear nothing but how marvellous it was all going to be. The Soccer one was also not looked forward to with enthusiasm by every single soul in this country - the organisers of that did a bloody marvellous job of getting the 'gees' going, though, when the time came.

  • Saffa-Chris - 2011-08-02 10:06

    You can tell the NZ apathy by the attendance of the Super 15 matches... always very poorly attended. Compared to the Shark Tank, Loftus, and Newlands almost always selling out.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 10:12

      10 000 People attended the quarter final between the Blues and Tahs......whoop di doo. And Auckland is where it's supposedly 'all' happening.

      cupid - 2011-08-02 11:51

      rugby is a dying sport in NZ. People might get a rude shock when they visit NZ thinking its the 'rugby mad nation'. Registered numbers are falling, game attendances are pathetic even in the biggest city Auckland, TV coverage is snapped up by pay TV channels turning people pff, NZRU is in debt by millions and lending money to the Cantebury rugby due to lost revenue caused by the earthquake doesnt help. The game of rugby is at the exhausted point in NZ and the fact that football is slowly killing rugby in NZ doesnt help.

      Andrew - 2011-08-02 12:06

      I wonder if the earthquakes had more of a negative impact on morale than we realise?

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:31

    I'm soooooo bloody bloated..

      jk - 2011-08-02 10:38

      yes, loose some weight..., cause all you bulls look the same...

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:51

      jk, please don't generalise. That's bad manners. Thanking you in advance.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:54

      O ja, and it's LOSE ffs

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:11

      verloor gewig jou vet bull-35-7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:19

      Wats fout met vet mense jk? Ons het baie persoonlikheid en kyk nie af op julle homoseksuele nie.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:35

      ek kyk nie neer op vetties nie, net vet bulle-of enige bul for that matter...

  • - 2011-08-02 10:31

    I'm not sure about this poll. Rugby is the lifeblood of NZ. Its virtually a religion there. And tourism is huge in NZ - its a beautiful place. The earthquake may be the real issue here - as the article suggests.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 10:34

      Ok, seeing that you are speculating, I believe it's due to boring individuals who don't enjoy leaving their homes.

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:06

    Perhaps NZ should change it's name to Shady Pines.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 11:20

      That's Bloemfontein.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:25

      O ja... I'll think of another name then..

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:12

      saffa- its actually bothaville

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 12:58

      Bothaville? Can't say I have ever had the pleasure. I will google it.

  • Bricktop - 2011-08-02 12:17

    This song is dedicated to all the New Zealanders and their supporters. Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you no man ask for Under pressure - that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking Can't we give ourselves one more chance Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:25

      Beatiful song that. I like to put my Queen's Greatest Hits tape in my walkman and sing along while I mow the lawn on Saturday mornings. It is very soothing and makes one feel happy and gleeful.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:35

      my beste song ooit...

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 12:45

      P P P Pressure. It leads to Choking.

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 12:47

      NZ Still has to win a RWC that the bokke plays in. Just think how strong we could have been if not for the quotas and politics in rugby. Just look at the record between Sa and all of the other countries before isolation.

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 13:06

      Jk, it goes without saying that you are a MASSIVE fan of Freddy Mercury. Go Champ!

      maycenz - 2011-08-02 13:27

      @Bricktop - sorry dude you should stop right there. I find it odd that you and other SAF posters bring up something that should be a dark part of your history as a way of hassling the All Blacks. Also remember not all All Blacks team could send full strength teams to play you in SAF.

      jk - 2011-08-02 14:46

      great artist- best band ever- biggestbull, you not very musical, hey chap?

      kiwiNZ - 2011-08-04 10:42

      @Bricktop .....mate unlike in SA where green bok jerseys gets handed out willy nilly to any wannabe bok, here in NZ... to be an All Black is still the ultimate dream for every rugby player and they all feel the pressure whenever they put on that black jersey for every game. Its not a given that they will always be wearing the black jersey because their performance is measured all the time so they are always UNDER PRESSURE as you say to prove that they still deserve to wear it. The RWC is no different except its a very very special honour to be given the privilege to represent the NZ national team and attempt to bring home the trophy any trophy.When they dont win ...we the supporters still cheer them warmly when they arrive back home because we know they done their very best not to disappoint us.That is the difference between us and yourselves.

  • praxis - 2011-08-02 14:50

    maybe they were all on kava when the poll was taken

      kiwiNZ - 2011-08-04 10:48

      @praxis - dont think 99% of this lot would know what kava is...but we can always show them when they get here. Perhaps even give the boks a little as a returned favour for the 1995 poison they gave our boys back then?? lol... yes I think that is a damn fine idea. Only thing though they might not even remember that they were in NZ at all the next day.

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