fervent All Blacks supporter from Wellington, New Zealand, has taken her devotion to the team to the next level by getting a tattoo commemorating their anticipated victory in the Rugby World Cup.
Emily McDonald had the words “NZ 2023” inked inside an outline of the William Webb Ellis trophy on her thigh following the All Blacks’ nail-biting quarter-final win over Ireland.
Inspired by the team’s resilience in the face of relentless Irish attacks, McDonald made the impulsive decision to get the tattoo on Thursday. A friend suggested she take it a step further by predicting the tournament’s outcome in ink.
McDonald has unwavering faith in the All Blacks and stands 100 percent behind her team. She is so confident in their victory that she has already planned for the possibility of them failing to secure a fourth World Cup title.
If that were to happen, she would either leave the tattoo as it is or have the date crossed out and replaced with the year of their next triumph.
McDonald is not concerned about the possibility of her tattoo jinxing the All Blacks. In fact, she believes that it could have the opposite effect and bring them good luck.
She has given a bullish prediction of the scoreline for Friday’s semi-final against Argentina, stating that she expects a 50-0 victory. For the final on October 28, she predicts a 24-14 win over South Africa.
McDonald is not the first All Blacks fan to ink their prediction of a World Cup triumph. In 2019, Shaun Pollard got a tattoo in anticipation of winning the tournament in Japan, only for the All Blacks to lose their semi-final against England.
However, McDonald is undeterred by this precedent and remains confident that her tattoo will serve as a permanent reminder of the All Blacks’ victory in 2023.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn