Friday 15 December 2017

IRFU don't have to look far for reasons why crowds at AIL matches are getting smaller

The AIL is still a draw for some fans
The AIL is still a draw for some fans
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

As regular readers of these pages will know, I still believe in the rugby gospel according to the AIL.

Crowds may be getting smaller by the season, but give me a choice between AIL and Pro12 and the former will be my favoured choice every time.

I try to stay in touch with the game at all levels; however, I was gobsmacked to read that UCD and holders Cork Constitution had qualified for the 2014 Ulster Bank Bateman Cup final when beating Galwegians and Queen's University respectively in the semi-finals.

I hadn't the foggiest idea the games were played.

But then, being the most exciting Heineken Cup weekend of the six played so far, why would we expect these games to be played at a time when almost every other rugby follower in the land was either supporting their province in the flesh, or watching in from afar?

They really do love their club rugby in Lansdowne Road.

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