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The influence of soccer
Discussion started by white lion , 08 December, 2019 23:41
The influence of soccer
white lion 08 December, 2019 23:41
It can surely be no coincidence the the world's finest rugby teams are produced from countries where soccer has a limited following. In England the cream of our athletes are attracted to the fame and wealth - and limited injury risk - which come from a successful career in soccer. In New Zealand and South Africa soccer is relatively low profile. Leinster, as an Irish club, have surely benefited from a similar situation so although we in England have a larger population than these nations much of it is football crazy.
I am, of course, statin the blindingly obvious but I raise the issue because, on other threads, surprise has been expressed at the way Lenster have put together such a poweful squad. The tide may be turning in favour of rugby here in England but it is likely to take decades for significant change to come about.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/12/2019 07:06 by white lion.

Re: The influence of soccer
Wilson Pickett 09 December, 2019 05:47
Soccer is bigger in South Africa than rugby


In fact itís the most popular sport



But the money has been the white mans and he likes rugby. That and they have the perfect genealogy with the fast indigenous and the tall Dutch.

Re: The influence of soccer
ajack 09 December, 2019 07:25
Hurling and Gaelic football are both bigger sports in Ireland than rugby as well. Then there is the smaller population to factor in as well.

Re: The influence of soccer
tedge 09 December, 2019 09:41
IMO association football will always be played and watched by many more people than rugby in England.

Re: The influence of soccer
Wilson Pickett 09 December, 2019 11:44
Also letís consider the size of rugby players, even Biggs is a big lad.


Realistically itís a few skilled backs that we may be losing. Most footballers arenít big.

Re: The influence of soccer
fair_weather_fan 09 December, 2019 12:53
Ireland has another oval ball sport with quite a few transferable skills, similar to how it is in Australia

Re: The influence of soccer
John Tee 09 December, 2019 13:57
Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Also letís consider the size of rugby players, even Biggs is a big lad.

Realistically itís a few skilled backs that we may be losing. Most footballers arenít big.

True.... it is more of a skilled sport too. The days of the big stopper who couldnt trap a bag of cement has gone too.


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