Wednesday 21 March 2018

Chris Lowry: No wonder fans are abandoning soccer for honest rugby

SIMON Cox, the handball hero whose efforts propelled us to victory over Armenia, has helped clear up a mystery that has puzzled me for weeks.

The mystery is as follows: how can the Irish rugby team sell out the O2 Arena for a game that starts early on a Saturday morning? Who in their right mind gets up on weekend mornings for any reason, let alone to go to a screening of a match that’s already being shown for free on terrestrial TV?

Fanatics, that’s who, and what Cox has done is demonstrate why those fanatics now flock to rugby rather than football.

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