Okay, posting this thread as a general point of interest. I would like it not to descend into a slagging match. I'm doing it in "General sport forum", because if I did it in the Rugby sub-forum, it would obviously be polled towards the fans of the game.
The reason I ask the question, is because, I'm not a fan of Rugby Union, tbh, but even more then that I'm not a fan of the bandwagon jumping that seem to infest British society in the last 10 years.
There used to be a time, if you didn't like something/sport/event, you could easily get away from it. Nowadays, however, every bit of the meedja, force it down your throat with a ridiculous overkill which sickens. It started with the "Peoples Princess", a nation grieved apparently, well I didn't I'm afraid, I didn't know the woman, I reserve grieving for people I know thanks very much.
Every football World Cup we get it, people with no interest whatsoever with football (I'm reasonably sure I don't see them down St James Park anyway), jumping up and down at every corner, infesting the pubs with their cries of Eng-er-land, singing that fecking annoying song by those blokes that used to do Fantasy Football. It winds me up no end. Thats with a sport I love.
Yet this Rugger-thing is a different animal all together. Hardly anyone follows it at all, apart from the world Cup, 95% of the watchers don't even know the ****ing rules. I'm certainly not having a pop at the blokes who do follow it week in, week out.
We're again being told a nation awaits with bated breath, everyone behind Johnny and the indeterminate other blokes.
Yet there are people, mainly wearing flat-caps and watching whippets run up and down each others legs admittedly, who actually follow another code in this country :gasp:. There are others who feel Union is the preserve of the upper-classes and privileged. Others that just feel it's boringly rubbish. Many fans of the game are saying England have done it in a fairly negative style.
I'm sick to death of every columnist, broadcaster, talk-sport presenter telling us what football can "learn from Rugby", when I know full well in a months time, whatever the result, all they'll be talking about is football (of the Association kind) again. Theres certainly no need to hear from you, Gordon Brown, your a footie supporter, and your Scottish, ffs.
So will you be supporting the English Rugby Union side on Saturday?