Rugby fans have skin in the game
They're not short of passion for their rugby teams, but by Monday one of them will be short of their trousers.
Workmates Josh Galuszka and Ati Aaifou-Olive are each so confident their side is going to take out tomorrow's Jubilee Cup final that they have agreed to walk down Margaret St in Lower Hutt in just their undies if their team loses.
Galuszka, a Hutt Old Boys Marist fan, and Aaifou-Olive, a Wainuiomata supporter, will also hold up a sign supporting the other team if they end up losing the bet.
Galuszka said they wanted to come up with the worst punishment they could think of, since neither expects to suffer it.
They were going to go with the classic forfeit of making the loser walk down the street in their wife's best Sunday dress, until one of the women in their office at Key Skills Recruitment in Lower Hutt suggested the undie challenge.
They made the bet on Wednesday and committed to it in a video, since viewed almost 1000 times on YouTube.
"The banter has really been building up since we put it online," Galuszka said. "We had someone come into the office the other day for a [job] interview and he said he'd seen us on Facebook."
Aaifou-Olive admitted to being a little worried about losing, because the undie run would be along the same route they take to work each morning - past the same people they see every day.
"It's the busiest place in the Hutt . . . my aunty might see me."
He was focusing instead on how satisfying his post-final celebrations will be when they are capped off with Josh walking down the street in his unmentionables. "I'll be leaning against the fence over there enjoying a beer and having a laugh while he walks down the road."
The Dominion Post