Count me in, says Steven

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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