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Post by SimonP in Surrey » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:58 pm

Now a tough question ... on a scale of 1 (rugby is anomomous in the country) to 10 (rugby is an obsessive religion)

My Ratings
New Zealand 10
South Africa 9
Wales 9
Australia 8
England 7
Fiji 7
Argentina 6
Ireland 6
Scotland 5
Italy 4

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Post by Iain » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:13 pm

Having been to Fiji I assure you rugby is followed far more avidly there than here!

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Post by Bill W » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:18 pm

My Ratings
New Zealand 10
South Africa 9
Wales 9
Australia 8
Fiji 8
England 7
France 7
Argentina 6
Ireland 6
Scotland 5
Italy 4
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Post by Iain » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:23 pm

Having also been to Australia Bill I wouldn't have them that high up either. In most parts of the country it pales into insignificance behind League, Cricket and Aussie Rules.

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Post by Bill W » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:26 pm

Perhaps we should score out of 100?

I would not drop them to the level of France and England.
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Post by Iain » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:36 pm

I'm not going to list my own as some countries would be guesswork for me. But:

New Zealand is at the top: When I lived there an All Black only had to blow their nose and it was front page news.
Fiji is well up there: Our resort virtually stopped to listen to a game against Samoa on the radio, and Waisale Serevi appearing at the airport caused hysteria similar to what Beckham would here.

I actually WOULD put Australia to something similar to England and France's level. You see decent ish Super 14 crowds in Australia but that masks the interest in domestic union the rest of the time. Bear in mind Australia doesn't even have a national league. In South Australia and Victoria Rugby is roughly on a par with tiddly winks in terms of interest!

France is probably ahead of us too, particularly in the South where Rugby is all important. In England I don't think you could realistically claim Rugby is second or possibly even third in the interests of the whole country. I would go as far as to say football, cricket and rugby league all probably beat it.

Wales is certainly ahead of us, probably second only to New Zealand.

Other countries I could not possibly comment on as I haven't been there.

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Post by CJ » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:39 pm

certainly agree about the popularity in Fiji. every little village has a rugby ground - be it only a dirt patch with some posts. great place.

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Post by Dave Angel » Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:48 pm

I'd put Fiji at 8 or 9 but at 10 if you are talking about Sevens rugby!

A score for Australia really depends on where yo are in the country. When I was over there for the 2001 Lions Tour the Immigration guys at Melbourne airport honestly didn't even realise that the Wallabies were playing the Lions a few days later! Aussie Rules was the main sport there, followed by League (outside of cricket season) and then Union a distant third.

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Post by seaweed » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:49 pm

Wales are an 11. Is it a passion. Can't explain it. Just have to be there.
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Post by Bill W » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:59 pm

Sorry.

I have been to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Wales, Scotland and of course England.
The Welsh passion is no where near that of the New Zealanders.

Compared to the New Zealanders the Welsh are mice. And pretty inferior mice at that!
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Post by Hoorah_Henry » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:12 pm

Couldnt agree more Bill Wales just like to think they love Rugby as much as the All Blacks when they are actually lagging behind Fiji for sure. Fiji definately have to rival Nz though if only they had the structures in place to obsess like we do with computers and mass media. Also a country that can produce such pure genius as the likes of Rupeni Caucaunibuca must have Rugby deeply engrained in its Soul!!!
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Post by seaweed » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:13 pm

Bill why always the silly comments. You are a clever guy. Do you have a problem with the Welsh ?
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Post by seaweed » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:16 pm

Hoorah_Henry wrote:Couldnt agree more Bill Wales just like to think they love Rugby as much as the All Blacks when they are actually lagging behind Fiji for sure. Fiji definately have to rival Nz though if only they had the structures in place to obsess like we do with computers and mass media. Also a country that can produce such pure genius as the likes of Rupeni Caucaunibuca must have Rugby deeply engrained in its Soul!!!
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Post by Bill W » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:21 pm

seaweed wrote:Bill why always the silly comments. You are a clever guy. Do you have a problem with the Welsh ?
I have no problem with the Welsh.

I tell it as I see it. If you think my comments are silly - fine! Although I would remind you of you signiture line!
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Post by dailywaffle » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:33 pm

seaweed wrote:Wales are an 11. Is it a passion. Can't explain it. Just have to be there.
Some chap called Justin Marshall claimed that rugby in Wales was less of a 'passion' than was the case in NZ. I am happy to defer to his knowledge on the matter.

Wales would, of course, score significantly better than England.

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