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Boring weekend of rugby

This weekend was absent of proper sport. For those of us craving some action without a United match to go to, there was a pretty dire choice. England v Estonia in a silent Wembley stadium watching deflected and own goals bobble in. Or England beating France at rugby, a sport everyone forgot they liked since 2003. Oh the fickleness.

Next weekend the country will come to a halt as England play in a World Cup final in a sport that has been popular for an entire 2 weeks. Jonny Wilkinson will top Beckham or Rooney in popularity stakes for two months, just as he did in 2003 or as Flintoff did in 2005, but we all know football will take its place in the people’s hearts again soon after. And how do we know that? Simple, it is genuine, natural and handed down passion rather than a stadium full of corporates and fickle fans who crawl out the woodwork every few years. How many of those in England shirts in Paris are Harlequins fans who go to Newcastle away or Gloucester supporters who have not missed an away fixture for 5 seasons? And that is the difference between the two sports. I know I will be at Villa Park next week happy to miss the rugby.

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4 Comments

  1. Sports Bet :: October 16th, 2007 2:09 pm

    Very interesting post Oli but I think possibly a touch harsh. Although everyone will always have football at their heart, United in particular, it is good to see other sports such as Rugby get some attention. Remember that people tend to fall in love with club football not the national side, but our national rugby team are reigning World Champs and have the chance to repeat it on Saturday. Have a listen on the way back from Villa Park. I will.

  2. Jonesy :: October 30th, 2007 5:43 pm

    A stadium full of corporates and fickle fans is just as much a sign of a football world cup as a rugby world cup to be quite fair Oli!

    I agree with a lot of what you say but most rugby fans are as passionate and comitted as football fans are. You’re kind of comparing apples with oranges comparing world cup rugby and club football.

  3. Oli :: October 31st, 2007 12:18 am

    Maybe Jonesy, but at least Germany was full of genuine football fans who could not get a ticket to be in the stadium, where as Paris was full of people who did not care that much about rugby but fancied a trip away. The simple fact is that rugby is a minority sport in this country that people liked for a month, where as on a week to week basis there is a genuien and consistent love for football. Football may have become more corporate, but rugby was never anything else.

  4. Jonesy :: October 31st, 2007 10:19 pm

    Go to south wales and watch a club match sometime mate and see how corporate you find it! Point taken but it’s not true of Britain, only England.

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