Bookie pays out for Kiwi win ahead of match

2011-10-21 00:00

WELLINGTON — An online bookmaker has already paid out bets on New Zealand to win Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final, declaring opponents France “the worst team ever” to reach the tournament decider.

Ireland-based Paddy Power said it had paid more than NZ$1 million (R6,35 million) to punters who were backing red-hot favourites the All Blacks in the final at Auckland’s Eden Park, despite their habit of choking on the World Cup stage.

Owner Paddy Power told Radio New Zealand: “It’s so one-sided the final, I mean France must be the worst team ever to reach a World Cup final and New Zealand are absolutely awesome this time around.”

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