Wednesday 7 December 2016

Rugby fans not getting fair play when it comes to watching on TV

James McDermott

Published 01/12/2016 | 02:30

Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand is tackled by Garry Ringrose of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last month
Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand is tackled by Garry Ringrose of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last month

Tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis lost to Jimmy Connors the first 16 times that he played him. Having finally beaten his nemesis, he arrived in the post-match interview room carrying a bottle of Champagne, and said: "Let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row."

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Recently, Irish sport enjoyed its greatest 'Vitas Gerulaitis moment' when our rugby team ended a sequence of 17 consecutive defeats at the hands of New Zealand by beating them 40-29 in Chicago, thereby securing our first victory over the All Blacks after 111 years of trying.

Despite being one of the nation's sporting highlights of 2016, very few Irish people got to see this landmark game live as it was only available to watch on the obscure Eir Sports 2 channel.

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