Sexy rugby, embarrassing dads and no French laughs

2011-10-04 08:28

Brief news items from the World Cup:

World Cup arouses Kiwis?
A recent survey conducted by condom company Durex, who might have a vested interest in the outcome, said two-thirds of New Zealanders expected to have more sex during the World Cup.

Before the tournament started an advertising campaign on behalf of a telecom firm urging fans to “abstain from the game” was withdrawn after a public backlash.

According to the Durex survey, 67% said they expected to have more sex than usual during the World Cup, a figure rising to 96% were the All Blacks to win the World Cup for the first time since 1987.

“It’s hard not to get caught up in the exhilaration and emotion of the tournament,” said Durex’s Adonis Souloglou.

“Obviously we want Kiwis to get the most out of it – whether they are at the game or in the bedroom.”

Trimble tells father to give it a rest
Ireland wing Andrew Trimble was full of praise for the huge number of travelling fans he said had created a “buzz” around the team in New Zealand, but admitted he wished his father would tone it down a bit.

Trimble, speaking ahead of Ireland’s quarter-final against Wales, said of the Irish support: “It’s pretty special and unique to anything I’ve experienced before. We feed off that a little bit.”

But the 26-year-old, whose parents are in New Zealand for the tournament, said the boisterous backing was a little too close to home after Ireland’s 36-6 win over Italy last weekend saw them into the last eight.

“My Dad was singing songs in the team room after the game and the boys were giving him a hard time, getting him up, and I was doing everything I could to keep him in his seat,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”

Internal strife no laughing matter
Sacre Bleu! A Frenchman who refuses to laugh at England’s problems? Well enigmatic France coach Marc Lievremont is that man.

England have had to confront several unwanted stories about their players’ off-field behaviour ahead of this weekend’s World Cup quarter-final with France.

But such is the lack of harmony within the French squad, Lievremont was in no mood to joke about “Les Rosbifs”.

“I’ve got enough problems with my own group not to laugh at theirs,” Lievremont said of the England squad.

When questioned further about the lack of happiness among the French, who qualified for the last eight despite two pool defeats, he said: “We haven’t earned ourselves the right to be happy.”

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