South African AB fan faces split loy­al­ties

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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