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A local banker says he’s thrilled and chuffed after discovering that he’s actually a Kiwi as well just hours before this evening’s Bledisloe Cup match between Australia and New Zealand in Christchurch.

Sam Watson-Smith, a mortgage expert at Diamantina Credit and Loan Union, thought he’d just check and see if he was a New Zealander ahead of the do-or-die match.

As fate would have it, the 23-year-old is a Kiwi by descent through his father.

“Mate, this is good news,” said Watson-Smith.

“Who would’ve guessed? My father was born and raised in New Zealand but it never struck me that I could’ve been eligible for a Kiwi passport? How good!

“So I reckon tonight I’ll get behind the All Blacks because they’ll probably win. However, if the Wobs get up, I’ll be just as happy because Australia is my birth country. I can’t wait for the game now!”

Despite the tragic news, the South Betootan plans to tip a few into him regardless.

The Betoota Dolphin’s League Club is showing the game at 4pm when all the hoopla starts and old white men throw their two cents on the ground.

Management would like to take this opportunity to remind members and guests that ‘Weekday Lunch Specials’ tonight apply during the weekend and a four drink minimum will be imposed by security and RSA marshalls.

For more information, please ring the reception or speak to Deb at the front desk.

More to come.


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