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    Quote Originally Posted by kennedmc View Post

    As somebody who loves football and rugby I have met countless fans over the year from rugby, football and the GAA.
    I can honestly say that I have met complete c**ts across all codes and vice versa.
    Ha ha brilliant. You are very right!!!! I must say i have also met the same in all codes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    An article by mark hilliard of irish independent fame.
    The least you could do is link to the original article: http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugb...g-3095411.html
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    I think we can close this thread now - last night was the most watched sporting event on RTE since 1994
    http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/euro-...ireland-clash/
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastTerracer View Post
    I think we can close this thread now - last night was the most watched sporting event on RTE since 1994
    http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/euro-...ireland-clash/
    The last few weeks along proved it, but the figures just cement it further. A nation depressed this morning.

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    What were the viewing figures for the RWC, Ireland v Australia & v Wales?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geysir View Post
    What were the viewing figures for the RWC, Ireland v Australia & v Wales?
    Probably higher than the ratings for this weekend's game against NZ. Both teams - football and rugby seemed to suffer from 'rabbits in the headlight' syndrome at the weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastric View Post
    Probably higher than the ratings for this weekend's game against NZ. Both teams - football and rugby seemed to suffer from 'rabbits in the headlight' syndrome at the weekend!
    Obviously the ratings would be higher, given the tours games are Sky only.

    The rugby team is suffering from a coach who is sticking to an outdated tactics and refuses to pick the best players available to him.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).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macy View Post
    Obviously the ratings would be higher, given the tours games are Sky only.

    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).
    Playing McFadden (a good centre) on the wing against Savea was disastrous. He got three tries and left the Irish backs flapping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastric View Post
    Playing McFadden (a good centre) on the wing against Savea was disastrous. He got three tries and left the Irish backs flapping!
    And our best winger in the centre (whatever about his own opinions!). However, I can't get over Murray ahead of Reddan, and his refusal to go with Reddan/ Sexton. Makes no sense to me.
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    Rugby talk

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    There's no bunting up on houses for Rugby. That settles it for me
    Eurgh! God forbid. Bunting lowers property prices in leafy suburbia, doncha know?
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    Both codes, football and rugby, are playing against current world champions.

    To win
    All Blacks 1/40
    Spain 2/7

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    Quote Originally Posted by geysir View Post
    Both codes, football and rugby, are playing against current world champions.

    To win
    All Blacks 1/40
    Spain 2/7
    It's a different game. Upsets in rugby are far less likely as reflected by the odds. There's virtually no chance a team outside the current top 12 would get a result against a team inside the top 12 in rugby. In football, we've seen teams like Lithuania beat Czech Republic 1-0 in the most recent qualifiers despite there being 61 places difference in their world ranking. That just wouldn't happen in rugby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murfinator View Post
    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.
    In a tangentially related aside I think this relates to rock'n'roll as well. I happen to despise music festivals but have seen their upsurgence (recently blunted ...yay!!!) since the turn of century correlate with a fall away of attendances at the stand-alone "gig" as though a modification of the context in which people consume live music events has occured ...namely if it doesn't involve funky wellies, **** sound and a percieved 'rite of passgage' then they're not going.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    There's no bunting up on houses for Rugby. That settles it for me
    I get the impression that's more of a Dublin phenomenon anyway. Though I can think of local (i.e. Limerick) 'characters of note' who bunt for ALL sports + Eurovision.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    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.
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    What was the issue with Irish fans in NZ? I didn't hear about that.

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