Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) have a long association with the game of rugby in New Zealand.
Segway PTs packed with fireworks and emblazoned with silver ferns and lions heads were the performance centrepiece of the 2005 Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park (Auckland). A Segway PT played a key role supporting the SpiderCam at the 2011 World Cup throughout New Zealand, and since 2012 Segway PTs with custom hands-free controls carrying Steadicam operators have been seen gliding up and down the sidelines at hundreds of rugby and other sports games around the country.
Last Saturday night the mighty All Blacks (the name of the national NZ rugby team) played the English team at Eden Park in the first of three test matches. The Segway PT played a key role in filming an exciting match that ended with a Kiwi victory (20 to 15). Immediately after the match there was great broadcast footage of the Segway PT resting out on the field, surrounded by the players.
* the title of this post is a play on the oft-repeated phrase used by local TV sports commentators talking about a game after a match: “Rugby was the winner on the day.” Both in its original form and in countless variations, it has gone on to become a well-known Kiwi idiomatic expression.