Count me in, says Steven
Out of the four in 10 people excited about the Rugby World Cup coming to New Zealand and Steven Samuels is one of them.
A recent online survey found Kiwis had mixed feelings about the games and only 37 per cent were excited about the kick-off.
But many Matamata locals are planning on celebrating.
Steven – who can best be described as the ultimate rugby fan – said he was excited that the World Cup was coming to New Zealand.
Although he won’t be attending any of the games personally, he will have his eyes glued to the television.
Steven said it was going to be an interesting tournament but he hoped the All Blacks would perform.
‘‘One of their first games is against France who knocked them out of the RWC four years ago so hopefully they don’t do that again,’’ he said. ‘‘It will be good to see how the All Blacks go against them.
‘‘The All Blacks look like they have a pretty strong team. Most of the players chosen are the right ones and they definitely have a chance but it depends who they end up against.’’
All Black flanker, Richie McCaw, is one of Steven’s favourite players. He is looking forward to watching McCaw during the tournament.‘‘He has always been my favourite and I had the chance to meet him four years ago through Make a Wish Foundation,’’ he said.
Steven has been involved with rugby for most of his life, following in the footsteps of his father, Phillip Samuels, who is a big fan and part of the Hinuera Rugby Club.
Mr Samuels said the Hinuera Rugby Club planned to put something on for the locals to give club members and guests a chance to come and watch the games together – and hopefully celebrate the finals with a win from the All Blacks.
Rugby ready: Steven Samuels is pumped about the Rugby World Cup coming to New Zealand next month.