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Rugby | Rugby World Cup

Move over Paul, here's Sonny Wool



After Paul the Octupus, it had to happen.

New Zealand have come up with their own “psychic” animal, and its an aptly named sheep called “Sonny Wool”.

On Wednesday the Argentineans may feel a bit aggrieved, as Sonny Wool came close to choosing them, before turning his back on the Pumas and deciding that the All Blacks would win the tie.

It was Sonny Wool’s fifth correct prediction at this World Cup, and he’s heading the same way as the infamous Paul, who predicted eight games correctly at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

But Sonny Wool has hardly been tested, all four games he picked thus far were All Black ones, with the hosts moving rather easily through to the next round of the tournament.

Sonny Wool has also predicted an All Black clean sweep of the tournament and that they will win the trophy.

His owner, ahem, agent Danny Boyle was relieved when Sonny Wool picked the “right team” in the clash, sending local schoolchildren into an “all black” chant.

"He had a good wee sniff around the Argentina flag, but then he decided better off and apparently we can do it without Dan Carter," Dan Boyd told stuff.co.nz.

"Sonny Wool is backing Colin Slade all the way."

Sonny's owner Beverley Dowling insisted they were doing everything to make sure his sheepish predictions were fair.

"We don't do any training through the week and we swapped the food over to the left-hand side because we had a few people saying we're being baa-ad, so we changed it over to prove things."

All we know is that we haven’t seen the last of this sheep-seer for a while now.

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