I was hoping to have many answers from many different fans for my first post. So far I have managed to get answers from three rugby fans. This is a start and it will grow from here.
To get people talking about rugby , I came up with some questions. I sent them to members of the Southend U16 rugby team and their parents. I also discussed the questions down at my local.
One of the questions that I asked, friends to answer was ; Give as a percentage, what are England’s chances of winning the Rugby World Cup? The three responses I received were from Andy , Neil and Rolphy.
Andy who enjoys a pint or three in the Rose and Crown in Rochford and maddens his other half Jackie by talking to me for sometimes hours(if she allows it) about rugby. I regard Andy as a very knowledgeable rugby fan. Strange thing is the more I drink with him the more knowledgeable he becomes.
Neil enjoys having a pint and having a chat with Andy. Neil is a Rugby fan too.During the summer when England were touring New Zealand, we would enjoy a full English , cooked by the delightful Margaret , Landlady of the Golden Lion Pub in Rochford as we viewed the Test match along with other rugby fans and any of the local drunks who happened upon a pub open at 07h00.
Rolphy is one of those guys that you bump into at every rugby club .Rolphy assists with coaching the Southend U16 rugby team. The type of guy who seems to have very few worries and just really likes enjoying himself , whether it be dressing up as a disco ball at the Twickenham sevens or grabbing the microphone off the auctioneer and trying to do a better job although few understand his descriptions when he has warmed up with 6 pints , 3 jagermeisters , a shot of tequila and and a few swigs of port from his hip flask.
As a reminder the question is , what are England’s chances as a percentage of winning next years RWC, Andy answered 20%, Neil said 33% and Rolphy 100%. Well first off Andy supports Wales, Neil is a bit of a pessimist but Rolphy went a bit further to explain his answer.Rolphy said “England have a 100% chance of winning if they stick to their guns and play like they can but realistically I would say 85% chance of winning”
No one said they don’t believe England can win. So I would say there is a small belief in these fans. Rolphy good on you mate you really believe.