How to host the ultimate
Rugby World Cup viewing party


By:  Veda Dante

When you’re expecting a few rowdy rugby mates to descend on your home for the World Cup, creating the right vibe is key to keeping them all happy – even if the All Blacks don’t make it all the way (but we hope they do!).

Hosting the big sporting games at your home isn’t always as simple as you might imagine. A sit-down dinner is out of the question, while a barbie can seem like a good idea until everyone wanders off inside for the game. Here’s how to find the right balance.

Crowded house


Accommodating a large group of guests can seem daunting, but if you utilise your current furniture and space, you can create a great area for all the table munchers, spectators and unofficial referees in the room.

With the addition of few extra chairs/bean bags and food tables, you’ll be able to accommodate for all the fans. You can collect some camping chairs for a low cost or even borrow some tables from a guest to save some cash and fill the room.

Now, before we start with a few more essential tips, let’s get in the mood with potentially one of the greatest hakas ever. Ahead of the final of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, the French team formed an arrow as the All Blacks performed their pre-match tradition.

Essentials before kick-off


Ensure your TV is working, the screen is clean and speakers ready to go because we don’t need any technical issues on game day. If you’re hosting outside, check the forecast for any rain.

The All Blacks have an Apple Music playlist that includes a pre-game pump-up and their own app full of great info and features. If you’re really keen you could ask everyone to suggest a few tracks and create your own playlist.

Don’t forget to invite the neighbours, depending on the success of the game, the party could go into the night.

Food for the masses


Food and drinks should be tackled as a group. Delegate instructions for everyone to contribute a plate or some traditional snacks like sausage rolls (here’s a simple recipe if you want to impress your mates), mini lamb sliders, wedges and dips, and chicken wings.

Construct a grazing table using everyone’s dishes or make your own foot-long platter using some of these tips. If you want to earn extra points for rugby-themed food, check out this All Blacks-themed party page on Pinterest.

As for drinks, you could consider making the party BYO. No chilly bin? No problem. Fill the bathtub or your washing machine with ice for chilled beverages.

As the half-time period lasts no more than 10 minutes, it’s just enough time to stretch your legs, re-fill everyone’s drinks, and get everyone perked up for the final half.

Check out the full list of matches here. Enjoy the games and may the All Blacks win!

Fun fact


The All Blacks have only failed to reach the semi-finals once – being eliminated in the quarterfinals by France in 2007. They are three-time champions, having won the last two tournaments as well as the inaugural World Cup in 1987.


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