Former Friesians now proudly Irish
The Big Cow Te Poi Country Pub has acquired an Irish cow and calf following the Ireland versus Australia Rugby World Cup pool match in Auckland.
The pub on Te Poi Rd has long been known for its big cow statue but this is the first time it’s been transformed from a black and white Friesian to a striped Irish icon.
Pub owner John Dalton said he did not have a drop of Irish blood in him but he was so impressed with the game, he decided to paint his cow. The Irish beat Australia 15-6, surprising many fans.
‘‘It was one of the best games of rugby I have ever seen, so painting the cow was my way of saying ‘good on you Irish’.’’
Mr Dalton is a rugby fan through and through, and said it was such an enjoyable game to watch.
Ireland had played Australia 29 times previously – won eight, drew one and lost 20.
The new coat of paint might not be there for long though with many more Rugby World Cup games yet to be played.
‘‘ If I see another game that impresses me as much as that one did, I will paint it the colour of the team that wins,’’ he said.