According to a survey by the UK’s leading pub company and brewer Greene King, just 14% of Brits think that the England Rugby boys can bring home the silverware from this year’s World Cup. 25% of British fans think that the favourites New Zealand will be the 2019 champions!
But, just under half of the Brits polled (43%) do believe that England will reach the semi-finals, with almost 1 in 4 believing that Wales will be in the mix as well. Most fans are backing New Zealand as the favourites to get to the semis and over a quarter (29%) think that Australia have a really good chance of getting there also.
Bookies are backing All Blacks to win the tournament (11/8) followed by England (9/2), South Africa (9/2) and Ireland (9/1).
When it comes to watching the games, 40% of those polled would prefer to watch the tournament at home, whereas more than a fifth of Brits (22%) say the ultimate place to watch the rugby is at the pub with mates as they can soak up the atmosphere. 17% of those polled said that they will drink a couple of pints whilst watching the game, whilst one in 20 would admit to having five or more during in a match!
Former England Rugby Union International, Andy Goode, says: “Rugby brings people together more than any other sport – whether that’s down your local for some friendly competition with your mates, or at the stadium itself. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve come from, it’s all about the atmosphere and the thrill of the game!”
Greene King IPA, Official Community Club Partner of England Rugby, asked fans the burning questions ahead of the kick-off later this month. Almost a third (30%) cited the legend Jonny Wilkinson as the best kicker of all time, and just under a fifth (17%) believe he is also the best player in English history. Over 1 in 10 thought that infamous bad boy Danny Cipriani would have added great value to the squad if he was to have a shot at playing.
Will Hemmings, Marketing Director, Greene King Brewing & Brands says: “Key matches for the Rugby World Cup will be aired at more than 500 Greene King pubs nationwide, offering a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to get stuck in and debate sport, over a pint. We might differ over our views on sport but the one thing we can agree on is a great pint of Greene King IPA!”
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