Air New Zealand offers ‘safety tips’ to Irish rugby supporters

Air New Zealand has offered Irish rugby fans some tongue-in-cheek “safety tips” before the countries face off in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo tomorrow.

The highly tipped All Blacks are straining not to seem cocky ahead of the match, but the national flag carrier has no such qualms, urging Ireland fans to brace for impact.

In a made-to-go-viral online ad, “flight attendants” give a safety briefing in a house occupied by an increasingly forlorn trio of Irish supporters, telling them “to lean forward into the crouch position with your head in your hands” in the event of an early New Zealand try.


The All Blacks are favourites to win the clash and go on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third successive time.

But they have struggled in recent head-to-head games with the Irish.

“Having won two out of the last three games, some Irish supporters may be expecting a pleasant journey,” the faux flight attendants note.

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