South African AB fan faces split loyalties
Putaruru mother of two, Kerry Fabrie reckons the Rugby World Cup tournament is a love triangle for her.
Ms Fabrie was born in England, raised in South Africa and for the past eight years has called New Zealand home.
‘‘It’s an awful feeling figuring out who to support,’’ Ms Fabrie said.
Although there is ‘‘no love lost’’ for her birth country, Ms Fabrie said it is a difficult time when her beloved Springboks take on the All Blacks.
‘‘I consider myself a Kiwi. When the Springboks take on any other team, I am a loyal supporter but when they take on the ABs I just cheer for any try scored.’’ Ms Fabrie’s family are still based in South Africa and although she was raised in a family that followed cycling, Ms Fabrie said that Rugby World Cup time was an exciting time.
‘‘I love the World Cup. For me it’s not only about the rugby it’s about the fever pitch and the people. Whether you like rugby or not, the whole concept is contagious.’’
For the opening night last Friday, Ms Fabrie and her two sons Daniel and Jordan, who are All Black supporters, made pizza and enjoyed goodies while watching the match between New Zealand and Tonga.
Ms Fabrie is picking the All Blacks to win.‘‘It was painstaking watching Dan Carter cry when the ABs were knocked out of cup contention in 2007. I hope they win and maybe the Springboks second?’’
WHO TO CHOOSE: Kerry Fabrie, wearing her Springbok jersey, is confused about which country to support, New Zealand, England or South Africa.