I think we can close this thread now - last night was the most watched sporting event on RTE since 1994
"There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet" - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
What were the viewing figures for the RWC, Ireland v Australia & v Wales?
The rugby team is suffering from a coach who is sticking to an outdated tactics and refuses to pick the best players available to him. Nothing to do with rabbits in the headlight. I'd rather wait to see how the next couple of games go before passing the same judgement on the football team (but it looks very similar).
If you attack me with stupidity, I'll be forced to defend myself with sarcasm.
The disparity from viewership ratings between tournaments and qualifiers/friendlies only goes to further highlight that soccer has become an event driven interest in this country, rather than something with a concrete year round following like it used to have. A bit like people who don't follow athletics at all but will watch the Olympics, its not a sign of health. The disparity in comparison between RWC viewiership and 6 nations or even test internationals is quite small, the rugby audience has a far less conditional interest.
Both codes, football and rugby, are playing against current world champions.
All Blacks 1/40
" I wish to God that someone would be able to block out the voices in my head for five minutes, the voices that scream, over and over again: "Why do they come to me to die?"
Rugby team stuffed 8-0 or was it 9-0 by World Champions. International team in crisis?
New Zealand police give out about the conduct of the Irish rugby fans there. Much maligned Irish soccer fans praised by local police. Castigated at home though especially by Dion Fanning who says as he disclaims the rugby fans "loike these skobes working on building sites in NZ with no interest in rugby and who couldn't tell Drico from Darce, in loike dayloight".
Joking aside not a good few weeks for both codes despite the "nearly one" a couple weeks ago. Hopefully the Olympics might bring us something to shout about.
Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.
What was the issue with Irish fans in NZ? I didn't hear about that.
"The nation holds it's breath...."