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London Based Kiwis Back England In World Cup Final

Rugby World Cup Final: Kiwis in London to back England over Australia

A quarter of New Zealanders living in London will be backing England, not Australia, in the final of the Rugby World Cup according to a survey of rugby supporters.

300 Australians and New Zealanders working in London were asked by leading UK Recruitment Company, 1st Contact, who they would support if their team was knocked out of the competition.

While nearly half of the Kiwis couldn’t face supporting anyone else, nearly a quarter will be pinning their hopes on England.

After England nearly sixteen per cent said they’d be cheering for France.

Only a lowly one per cent said they’d back Australia once New Zealand had been kicked out.

1st Contact Assisting more than 750, 000 clients over the past 12 years, 1st Contact is one of the biggest providers of recruitment and immigration services to New Zealanders, Australians and South Africans in the UK. 1st Contact focuses on providing recruitment (medical, teaching, social work) and banking facilities, as well as tax consultation, financial management, visa/immigration issues, money, shipping and telecommunications services. 1st Contact was established in 1990 by New Zealander Mike Kaye and South African Reg Bamford; has offices in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and employs more than 250 staff in its central London offices. www.1stcontact.co.uk/nz

Full survey results follow

The eNewsletter survey was undertaken by 1st Contact. 300 Australian and New Zealanders answered. All figures are in percent Rugby World Cup fever is starting to hit town! Let us know how you plan to enjoy the tournament with our Rugby World Cup Survey.

1. What is your nationality? Australian: 55% New Zealander 45%

2. Where will you mostly watch the Rugby World Cup games?

At my flat OZ: 40% NZ: 39% At the pub OZ:55% NZ:53% Other OZ: 5% NZ 8%

3. Do you support your team coach? Yes OZ: 67 NZ 83 No OZ 33 NZ 17 4. Are you happy with your team line up?

Yes OZ: 64 NZ: 89 No OZ: 36 NZ: 11

5. Who do you think will score the most tries in the Tournament? (choose one)

Australia OZ 18 NZ: 20 New Zealand OZ 24 NZ 49 South Africa OZ 7 NZ 3 Argentina OZ 5 NZ France OZ 15 NZ England OZ 19 NZ 20 Wales OZ 2 NZ Other OZ 10 NZ 8

6. Who do you think will score the least tries in the Tournament? (choose one)

Australia OZ NZ: New Zealand OZ NZ South Africa OZ NZ Argentina OZ 22 NZ 30 France OZ NZ England OZ NZ Wales OZ 20 NZ 15 Other OZ 58 NZ 55

8. Who do you think will win the Rugby World Cup?

Australia OZ 32 NZ: 3 New Zealand OZ 40 NZ 72 South Africa OZ 8 NZ 2 Argentina OZ NZ France OZ NZ England OZ 20 NZ 23 Wales OZ NZ Other OZ NZ

9. If your team is knocked out, which team would you support?

Australia OZ - NZ: 1 New Zealand OZ 3 NZ - South Africa OZ 12 NZ 4 Argentina OZ 10 NZ 5 France OZ 15 NZ 14 England OZ 5 NZ 26 Wales OZ 10 NZ 2 Other OZ 4 NZ 3 No way I’d support another team OZ 41 NZ 45

10. What will be your usual beverage of choice whilst watching the games?

Beer OZ 42 NZ 51 Wine OZ 10 NZ 6 Snakebites OZ 12 NZ 9 Alcopops OZ 4 NZ 7 Spirits OZ 31 NZ 27 I won’t be drinking OZ 1 NZ 0

11. Will you take time off work to watch the World Cup Games?

Yes OZ 82 NZ 83 No OZ 10 NZ 7 Maybe OZ 8 NZ 10

12. If Yes, will you …

Confess you are watching the rugby and take a day of annual leave OZ 6 NZ 5 Pull a sickie OZ 10 NZ 6 Organise to work overtime to cover your hours OZ 84 NZ 89

13. Do you think the Haka gives the All Blacks an unfair advantage?

Yes OZ 52 NZ 18 No OZ 48 NZ 82

If Yes, why? Scares the opposition (psychological advantage) OZ 62 NZ 82 Provides the All Blacks with a good warm up OZ 15 NZ 7 Gets the crowd going O


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