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Eye candy getting plenty of world cup coverage

Oct 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

FOR those who appreciate rugby for more than just the game there is a collection of eye candy on display and media is giving the candy away.

A quick survey of the Dominion Post coverage since the start of the Rugby World Cup suggests sex sells.

Players such as Dan Carter (10 times), Richard Kahui (9), Zac Guildford (3), and Ma’a Nonu(5) , featured on the Dominion Post more than any other players since the Rugby world cup coverage started.

However Sonny Bill Williams (13), pictured right, and Richie McCaw (16) make more appearances compared to any other players, almost always on the front page.

“Dan Carter is really gorgeous, but then again they are all gorgeous,” says Lea Hogan (42), pictured left.

Maddy Lovett (16) and Kayla Bishop (16) can’t decide who is hotter if Dan Carter, who is pictured on the front page of NewsWire, or Sonny Bill Williams.

“Dan Carter is hotter, I don’t even think Sonny is that hot”, says Maddy, right.

“Oh he is a babe,” says Kayla (16), below left, who does not know any players other that Carter “because they are not as good looking”.

Sports Psychologist Sara Chatwin says as a nation we have a rugby focus and many New Zealanders define themselves by sport.

Whether it is men or women, people have their favorite players based on fairly subjective variables.

“Human nature probably plays a part in who the most utilised rugby players are for interviews and certainly there are some players who are revered for their appearance,” says Chatwin.

Retail manager Katherine Tuthill (26), right, says New Zealanders love watching rugby but thinks that there is something global about featuring pretty people.

“Pretty rugby players will get singled out, and have their career followed.

“We are all excited about a good play, but who wouldn’t want to see Sonny Bill take his shirt off 20 or 30 times on replay. I know I want to see it,” says Katherine.

Dilna Atony (29) says dashing looks are not enough and it’s a combination of talent and looks.

“To be frank looks is a factor, but to be honest they are still good players,” says Dilna.

Katherine agrees and says it does not hurt that they are good players as well, which leads her to another point.

“There might good looking players, that actually aren’t that good that I don’t know about, because they are not getting the same attention,” says Tuthill.


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