Most New Zealanders are against a ban on musical instruments like the bagpipes at Rugby World Cup games, according to a poll.
The ban has got Scottish fans riled, with even the country's sports minister calling for it to be overturned.
More than 16,000 people voted in a Close Up poll tonight, with 71% against the ban.
Former Scotland player Scott Hastings said the ban was "ridiculous" and likened it to banning mooloo cow bells from Waikato games.
"It's a big inspiration for the Scottish players and I think Martin Snedden, who's in charge of this World Cup, should relax this particular ban," Hastings told Close Up.
Chief rugby writer for the Scotsman newspaper, David Ferguson, also thought the ban was a mistake.
"I think it's a big part of the heritage and this is supposed to be a World Cup that's celebrating lots of culture and bringing culture together."
He said bagpipers know when not to play.
"They're not going to play all through the game like vuvuzelas."
Scotland fan and piper Matthew Strachan, 32, has even written to Prime Minister John Key to call on him to intervene.
Strachan said he spend a considerable sum getting to New Zealand and was disappointed when he was not allowed to take his pipes into the Romania and Georgia games in Invercargill.
"I've played the pipes in most of the UK stadiums and also in France during the last World Cup and they have always been gratefully received. Why then after many sporting years have the World Cup organisers decided against having them in stadiums?"
But sports broadcaster and England supporter Miles Davis is supporting the ban, saying bagpipes sound like "a hyena caught in a gin trap".
"It is an abomination. It is as bad as the vuvuzela," Davis told Close Up.
Shadbolt bags ban
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is backing calls for Rugby World Cup organisers to overturn a ban on bagpipes at matches.
Invercargill is the official host city for the Scotland rugby team and Shadbolt attended both games involving them at Rugby Park Stadium. He said pipe bands playing outside the gates added to the atmosphere.
"We here in Invercargill we are very proud of our Scottish heritage so we're coming out to bat for them," Shadbolt said.
He said the tradition should be granted more respect from World
"It is not some gimmick, but a serious part of Scotland's culture," the mayor said.
Rugby World Cup spokesman Mike Jaspers said earlier in the week that there was no specific ban on bagpipes, but a range of musical items, such as drums and vuvuzelas, are not allowed in because they can interfere with others' enjoyment of the game.
He was not aware of anyone bearing bagpipes being refused entry to any grounds, nor of the Scottish minister's request.
- With Newstalk ZB/NZN
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