Wendell wrote ‘Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children’ which could prove ghastly for the All Blacks at this year’s Rugby World Cup.
A survey has found that 24,000 schoolchildren predict an All Blacks versus South Africa final, with the South Africans taking home the Webb Ellis trophy at the final whistle.
The findings came from the CensusAtSchool survey which polled kids in schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill, between the ages of eight and 17.
Optimistically, 83 per cent of the students predicted the All Blacks would make the final.
But only 41 per cent thought they would win.
Of those who think the All Blacks will make the final, 35 per cent think they’ll play South Africa, while 30 per cent say it will be Australia.
CensusAtSchool co-director Rachel Cunliffe, a University of Auckland-trained statistician, said the students’ results were a bit of a surprise.
“We had expected that as children and young people are often such ardent rugby fans, they’d be talking the All Blacks right up,” she said.
CensusAtSchool also runs in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.