Former Friesians now proudly Ir­ish

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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