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Air New Zealand's latest ad has one of the worst attempts at an Irish accent ever

“Worst accent since Tom Cruise in Far & Away”

LIKE ANY SELF-RESPECTING national airline, Air New Zeland are not afraid of firing up Twitter and laying down the gauntlet to other nations in the name of craic/PR.

Sure it was only last November that they were dissing Aer Lingus ahead of the All Blacks Ireland match in Dublin:

newzealand Source: FlyAirNZ

The war of words ramped up so much that a forfeit was decided upon:

aerlingus2 Source: Twitter

And when New Zealand won the follow up match in Dublin, the Aer Lingus cabin crew were only too happy to wear the black jerseys for one night only:

forfeit Source: James Crombie/INPHO

A bet’s a bet.

Now that the Lions are in New Zealand – and playing the All Blacks in the decisive test this Saturday – Air New Zealand are back at it again.

This time, they’ve made an ad… and the attempted accents are disappointing to say the least


The premise is four actual lions from Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland are having a chat on top of a hill


Given all the accents are similarly bad, it’s hard to make out which lines are supposedly Irish lions. But the likely contenders are:

I can’t believe we beat them last weekend, coach was happy wasn’t he?
Let’s quit while we’re ahead, roight?
And if we lose, coach won’t be happy.
This way, do you think they’ll give us an upgrade?

It’s only been online a few hours, but it’s already drawn comparisons to the worst of the worst

There’s bound to be someone they could have drafted in?

To be fair, the Welsh accent was the worst

The ad itself actually went down well – but THOSE ACCENTS

Air New Zealand have been sound in the past, so we’ll let the accents slide


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