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Tuesday 17 October 2017

NZ prepared for violence if All Blacks fail at home

New Zealand police are preparing to deal with a spike in violence if runaway favourites the All Blacks fail to win next year's World Cup on home soil.

Police had been "horrified" by statistics that showed an 80pc increase in reported domestic violence cases following a Scottish Cup football final between Celtic and Rangers.

"The potential ... the All Blacks will lose has entered into our risk management but we've been dealing with it very clearly," said police commissioner Howard Broad.

Police have been working with Women's Refuge, an organisation to protect women from abuse. Reports of "disorderly and violent offending" had been found to increase slightly in the cities where tests had been held but had not been found to increase on a national level.

"Rightly or wrongly I took from that that we're not as fanatical about rugby as I thought we were," police superintendent Grant O'Fee said.

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