Friday 21 July 2017

GAA can hold its own despite rugby surge

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

It is amazing that in an organisation that is celebrating it's 125th year, so many people are wondering if rugby will be the new GAA.

Following the achievements of the Ireland and Leinster teams in recent months there seems to be an impression that young men are going to flock in their droves to play rugby and turn their backs on 'the games of the Gael'.

A few developments have emerged in recent years to nurture this belief -- not least the number of former GAA players who have played for Ireland, but there is little doubt also that the staging of games before record-breaking crowds at Croke Park has been one of the prime reasons why rugby is currently so popular.

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