IT’S Rugby World Cup quarter-finals weekend – and it appears it’s not just the players who are feeling the nerves.
Kayley Barbour, Andrew Cohen and Eric Drought, managers at the Three Sisters bar in the Cowgate, have taken their ongoing quarrel about who will win to the next level and have vowed to make drastic changes to their appearances if their teams lose.
Two of the managers have said they will get tattoos, while the other has said she will dye her hair.
The staff, who all live in Edinburgh but are of different nationalities, are battling it out for supremacy and praying it is their country’s flag that will be hanging in the pub’s courtyard in triumph when the dust finally settles.
Andrew, the bar’s general manager who is originally from Sydney, has said if Australia lose to Scotland tomorrow, he will get a thistle tattooed on his body, while event manager Kayley, who was born and bred in the Scottish Borders, has vowed to dye her hair blue if Australia win.
Meanwhile, assistant manager Eric, from Wexton, is hoping Ireland beat Argentina and go on to play either Scotland or Australia in the semi-finals.
The rugby lover, who is petrified of needles, has said if Ireland lose to Australia he will get a tattoo of a kangaroo.
But if they go on to play Scotland, and lose, he will take part in the pub’s regular Mariah Carey drag act.
Kayley, from Galashiels, said: “It started out as just a joke during the week.
“We all feel strongly about our own countries and it’s just got a bit out of hand.
“We are all really competitive, but I would say that Andrew is the most confident.
“We are planning on having a tattoo artist booked and at the ready in the pub for the games finishing.
“I’m trying not to get too worried about losing – I really don’t want to end up letting the boys dye my hair.”
Andrew said: “The joke escalated pretty quickly, but we can’t backtrack now.
“We are expecting the pub to be busy for this weekend’s games – it’s always a great atmosphere.
“The fact we have this dispute going on might attract more people to come along and see what happens too.”
Thousands of Scotland fans are expected to descend on London ahead of tomorrow’s crunch match at Twickenham.
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, confirmed that four extra services an hour were being put on in London to accommodate an extra 12,000 people.
Scores of pubs across Edinburgh will be broadcasting the match and the Three Sisters have said if Scotland win, customers can expect the sound of bagpipes, but if Australia win they will hear a didgeridoo.
The Australia-Scotland game kicks off at 4pm.