IRB 'not impressed' with drunken Sevens

05:49, Sep 20 2012
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Isoa Damu of England is tackled by Jamie Makara of the Cook Islands.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Mat Turner of England is tackled by Jerome Vogel of the Cook Islands.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Steven Hunt of South Africa is tackled during the game between South Africa and the United States.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Steven Hunt of South Africa scores a try during the game between South Africa and the United States.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
New Zealand's Tomasi Cama and Scotland's Kerr Gossman.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
New Zealand's Timothy Mikkleson tackled by Scotland's Kerr Gossman.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
New Zealand's Tomasi Cama during New Zealand v Scotland game.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
The Tongan team prepare to go on.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Cornal Hendricks of South Africa jumps a tackler during the game between South Africa and the Cook Islands.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Terry Bouhraoua of France makes a break during the game between France and Canada.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Tim Mikkelson of New Zealand offloads the ball during the game between New Zealand and Scotland.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Kenya's Tony Opondo sweeps in for his try during Kenya v Australia.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
New Zealand's Bryce Heem sprints to the tryline, in the game between New Zealand and Japan.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson during New Zealand v Japan.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Conor Trainor of Canada is tackled during the match between Australia and Canada.
Wellington Sevens 2012 Day one - games
Humphrey Kayange of Kenya is tackled by Conor Trainor of Canada.

Drunk Wellington Sevens fans have left the IRB unimpressed and there are calls for the concourse to become liquor-free.

Commentator Keith Quinn, who says behaviour of crowds is getting progressively worse each year, has called for a dry-zone in the Westpac Stadium concourse from late afternoon to early evening during the tournament.

People would be able to buy alcohol in the concourse but would have to take it back in to the stadium to drink.

It would create a situation where people were there to watch a game and drink, as opposed to just getting drunk, he said.

2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
This group of pukekos ran into Green Party co-leader Russell Norman outside the Supreme Court.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney, Dominion Post advertising manager Cheryl Kortink and Weekend Dominion Post editor Oskar Alley arrive at the stadium.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Dancing fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans begin to arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Sara Antonievick, left, and Deanne Hall.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Sarah and Annabel Martin arrive as the bucket fountain.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
The big babies are back, in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans dressed as the board game Monopoly arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans arrive as wrestling celebrities.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Clarissa Chandrahasen, left, and Rakcha Karan, both from Lower Hutt with their Roy Lichtenstein inspired costume.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
A donut seller is eager to convince buyers of his authenticity.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Brittany McClure, left, and Michaela Morgan.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Costumed fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Lisa Baines from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Sevens crowd in costumes lining up.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Samantha Hepburn, left Michelle Williamson, Anna Baldwin and Marema Johnson, as Zombies, in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Anthony Thompson and Loura Clark in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
Fans enjoy themselves in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2
A fan in the stands.

He had talked to IRB Sevens tournament operations manager Beth Coulter after the last Wellington Sevens.

"[She] gave the impression to me they were not impressed with the behaviour of the Wellington crowd."

While there was no talk of Wellington losing the Sevens, Quinn pointed out there were many places – including Auckland, Europe, Argentina, and Suva – which would like to take it off us.

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2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Frank Halai of New Zealand scores a try during the match between New Zealand and France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Yoshikazu Fujita of Japan makes a break away during the match between Japan and Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Yoshikazu Fujita of Japan makes a break away during the match between Japan and Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Julien Jane of France lies on the field during the match between New Zealand and France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
DJ Forbes of New Zealand offloads in the tackle of Jean Baptiste Belanger of France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Bryce Heem of New Zealand is tackled during the match between New Zealand and France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Frank Halai of New Zealand scores a try during the match between New Zealand and France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Frank Halai of New Zealand in action against France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Frank Halai of New Zealand scores a try during the match between New Zealand and France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Tim Mikkelson of New Zealand on his way to scoring a try in their game against France.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Kilifi Latu of Tonga is tackled during the match between England and Tonga.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Setefano Cakau of Fiji is tackled by Kyle Brown of South Africa during the match between South Africa and Fiji.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Cook Island's Jamie Makara dives over the line to score a try.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
USA's Roland Suniula scores a try.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Hosea Gear of New Zealand dives in to score a try in their semifinal match against England.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Charles Piutau of New Zealand is tackled by Mat Turner of England.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson loses the ball at a critical moment in their game against England.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand's Charles Piutau powers in for a try tackled in their game against England.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand's Frank Halai celebrates his winning try in their semifinal against England.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Setefano Cakau of Fiji is tackled during the match between Fiji and Samoa.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand players celebrate Frank Halai, left.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Australia's Con Foley after their loss to Kenya.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Australia's Cameron Clark and Kenya's Leon Adongo in action.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Kenya's Collins Injera celebrates his try in their game against Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Fiji's Osea Kolinisau dives to score a try.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
South Africa's Branco du Preez in action.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
South Africa celebrate winning the Plate final against Tonga.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes holds up the trophy after winning the Cup Final against Fiji.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
Hosea Gear leads a haka after New Zealand's win over Fiji.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand's Solomon King thanks the crowd after New Zealand win over Fiji in the final.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand celebrate their win over Fiji in the final with a haka led by captain DJ Forbes.
2012 Wellington Sevens day 2 - games
New Zealand celebrate their win over Fiji.

In the past two years he had personally had bad experiences with drunk punters.

Once, he and sports commentator John McBeth had been walking from the stadium and held back from a "rowdy" group of 25 people at traffic lights, knowing they would be recognised and harassed.

In another incident, McBeth had to help a taxi driver remove a girl from a taxi who, having just vomited, had jumped in his taxi and offered the driver "sexual payment" instead of money for a trip to Wainuiomata.

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Brent Murray from Island bay heading to a BBQ in Naenae before heading to the Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Pash n Dash crew.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Palmy North Jockeys before the Wellington Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Fijian Dolls (left to right) Nuimai Kamakorewa, Seini Smith, Violet Smith and Ula Buliruarua.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Poison Ivy group from Wellington.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mel and Phil from Christchurch as characters from the film Kick Arse.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Lego Men, from Palmerston North. Inset: the Lego Men are frisked.
Svens costumes
Rana Sorenson's Phoenix costume was hand made in Italy and includes 2500 feathers. It was shipped to New Zealand in 2009 for the World of Wearable arts festival.
Sevens costumes
Action man, playing with barbies.
Sevens costumes
Wonder women.
Sevens costumes
Speedo cops.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Vili Sotutu and his son Eroni from Invercargill.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Welly Wallys.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Japan cheer squad from Blenheim.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
These guys don't know each other at all.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Punks from Tauranga.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Pavlova girls from Wellington.
Svens costumes
Ghostbusters from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Nurses from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A very detailed headless Alan Lavery.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans of The Inbetweeners from the Timaru.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The popcorn girls from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smudge, from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Green bottles.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kelly Neighbours, Kate Lynn Osten, Rangi Holland and Michelle Feynen from the South Island.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A pack of big babies.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Toy soldiers from Hamilton.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The gissy jesters from Gisborne.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Wellywood, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Zebras, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mimes from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Strawberry shortcakes Anna Coffin, left, and Joleen Asquith.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grapes!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
LMFAO fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ghost chips.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sam Lander as the Phantom of the Opera.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A baseball team.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A group of ballerinas.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kenyan cheerleaders during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The crowds during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Bubble people, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Anchor milk cheers the teams on.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Peacocks.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Gaia Chinniah and Erena Te Paa.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Puzzle time!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
NASA.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Houseelves.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Tongan fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A hangi and a boil up.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Troll dolls in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kiwis.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grant Ottley and Tracee Porter from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ancient Egyptians.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Crowds cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Twister and Snakes and Ladders, from Napier.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A Katy Perry fan in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The pavlova girls, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.

Wellington councillor John Morrison, a vocal opponent of tighter liquor controls at the Sevens, said there were only a few more arrests in the city during the tournament compared to other times.

Wellington City Council – which issues a liquor license for the Sevens – had previously discussed tighter liquor control.

While it was not on the table right now "it's very likely to come before us again", he said.

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LIFE OF THE PARTY: Alcohol is a big part of the Wellington Sevens, with many drinking before, during and after the event itself.

Tighter restrictions would penalise the vast majority who were well behaved, in order to police the few who weren't.

"We are so amazing in this country. We want to have rules to stop a few people doing something."

The Sevens already had a family area which was dry. It was the least-utilised area, he said.

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ONE FOR THE ROAD: Sevens revellers drink in a liquor ban area near Frank Kitts Park as they make their way to the stadium.

Quinn's proposal to have a non-drinking concourse was unworkable because people needed a break from seven hours of rugby and they would likely run into friends at the bar and want to talk to them, he said.

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