Masterton accountant Jason Osborne might not have been on the money in
predicting Saturday’s All Blacks performance against France, but his despair
turned to delight when he learned he’d won six tickets to this weekend’s second
A partner in the Lansdowne-based practice Osborne Read, Jason is a
stalwart of Jimungo Virtual Rugby on social networking site Jimungo, having
played the game since it first launched in 2001.
Jason’s name was picked
from more than 37,000 rugby fans who started playing Jimungo Virtual Rugby
International which began just a week ago.
“I was astonished when I got
the call from Jimungo,” he said. “I’ve been juggling ever since, weighing up who
I’ll take with me. My partner Fiona and my step-children, Holly (9) and Paige
(7) are coming, but I’ve yet to decide on who gets the other two tickets!
Jason won’t be short of offers of company – a die-hard rugby fan, he’s
played club rugby for Greytown and Gladstone over the years and has many
sporting connections. These days he’s taken to soccer, playing for a Carterton
team called the Skulls, made up – he says, of ‘broken down old rugby
Jason’s prediction was for the All Blacks to win by 12 points
or less last Saturday. Not surprisingly, only 2.1% of Jimungo players picked
France to win. Despite the result, Jason’s sticking to the same pick for the
Saturday’s second test at the Cake Tin.
The last time he went to an
international rugby game was about 10 years ago to see the All Blacks play South
Africa at Athletic Park
“We’ve been promising the girls that we’d go to
the Cake Tin to see some rugby one day, so they’re chuffed that we’re finally
doing it,” he said.
A further six tickets are up for grabs this week for
the All Blacks versus Italy match on June 27 in Christchurch. The Jimungo
Virtual Rugby game expanded last week into international games, including the
Iveco Series against France and Italy, and the Investec Tri-Nations rugby
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