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17pc of Irish rugby fans admit to checking match score at a funeral


 Ireland fans celebrate victory at the final whistle following their 18-11 win over France

Ireland fans celebrate victory at the final whistle following their 18-11 win over France

Ireland fans celebrate victory at the final whistle following their 18-11 win over France

A survey has revealed that Irish rugby fans are confident ahead of the Rugby World Cup and also the length they will go to in order to keep up-to-date with their team.

Ireland take on England in the third round of the 2015 Six Nations with both sides looking to maintain their Grand Slam and championship push.

Ahead of the clash, a survey from Ulster Bank made some interesting findings, with one in particular highlighting the lengths Irish supporters will go to in order to follow the boys in green.

Up to 17pc of respondents admitted to checking a match score at a funeral, while quarter of respondents confessed to checking the match score on the toilet. 24pc of the opinion a wedding was the suitable place.

There is a high level of respect for Sunday's opponents and the public were asked which England player they would most like to see in an Ireland jersey.

Mike Brown, who is unlikely to feature because of injury, took a quarter of the votes with Owen Farrell (20pc) surprisingly next in line despite losing the number 10 jersey to George Ford. Courtney Lawes and captain Chris Robshaw both took 19pc of the vote.

With the World Cup looming, half of Irish rugby fans feel that, Irish fans are confident of our chances under Joe Schmidt.

A fifth of respondents felt that we would make it to the last eight, with 54pc of the opinion we could reach the semi-finals. A quarter of respondents felt we could make it all the way to the final. Luckily less than 1pc believed we wouldn’t even qualify from our group.

When asked who they thought would be taking over the legendary number 13 shirt for the World Cup over half of the respondents thought that Robbie Henshaw was the man for the job while almost 20pc thought Luke Fitzgerald would have a chance at claiming the spot.

Does Ireland miss the former number 13, Brian O’Driscoll? Apparently not! Almost two thirds of those surveyed believe that his retirement has had no impact on our performance so far.

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After only a few months since taking his seat at the commentary table O’Driscoll did manage to scrape 17pc of the vote when it comes to our favourite Irish rugby analyst; however Conor O’Shea is still a firm favourite claiming 43pc of the vote with Shane Horgan coming second at 22pc.

O’Shea is also regarded as the best Irish person currently coaching professionally receiving 64pc for his work at Harlequins, while Bernard Jackman, Mark McCall and Anthony "Axel" Foley all shared the remainder of the votes.

The coveted title of the best dancer went to Munster man Simon Zebo who was the runaway winner with half the votes.

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