11 Reasons Why All Football Fans Should Watch The Rugby World Cup


Many football fans will turn their noses up at the thought of rugby, but here’s 11 reasons why they should watch a game at the Rugby World Cup…

1.You might actually enjoy yourself

Believe it or not, there’s a reason the Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world. From the booming hits, to the sublime steps, there’s entertainment in it for everyone.

2.You’ll actually get to speak to rival fans

Instead of being segregated before, during and after a game, you’ll likely be sat next to opposition fans who you can have a civil chat to meaning you get a different perspective on the game.

3.It’s a chance to watch an actual contact sport

Although football still claims to be a contact sport, the reality is the slightest hint of contact is penalised these days – you’ll find quite the opposite in rugby though.

4.There won’t be any nil nils

Yes not every game is a thriller, but you can guarantee that you won’t see any games where teams try to play out a nil nil draw when there’s nothing to lose.


5.You’ll learn what respect is

The players will actually listen to what the referee has to say, and respond with a yes sir instead of running up to him at every opportunity to complain.

6.You can actually have a beer whilst you watch the game

Unlike in many modern football stadiums, you can actually take your pint into the stand with you and enjoy it whilst you watch the game in rugby.

7.It’s family friendly

You’re unlikely to find any crowd trouble and people using foul language is rare making it an ideal entertainment option for taking your kids to.

8.Correct decisions

Rugby, unlike football, have actually used technology to its fullest and are employing it to ensure that referee’s make correct decisions wherever possible instead of having to guess.


9.You’ll see what integrity looks like

There’s no chance of seeing players rolling around on the floor trying to con referee’s into penalties, and when a player gets carded they’ll take it without complaint.

10.The players actually want to represent their country

Unlike in football, it’s not just about the money, players genuinely want to represent their country and see it as a much greater honour than playing for any club.

11.There’s nothing like the real thing

Watching it on TV is one thing, but seeing the size of the players up close, and hearing the spine shuddering hits from the back row of a packed stadium is something else.




  1. You’re generalising alot there. Not all football players are disrespectful to the referees. Technology helps in rugby sometimes, but not always. Many times the referees make errors regardless of the technology. Bringing beers into football stadiums happens in many countries without incident. In rugby I’ve seen punch-ups and mass brawls etc so the idea of respect isn’t always true. In rugby you have also had incidents like bloodgate, so the corruption is still there.

    International Rugby is designed in a tier system which helps Tier 1 countries like New Zealand, England etc remain at the top level while other countries will do not have the same opportunities. You never see England vs Honduras or Wales vs Spain in rugby. It’s an old boys club where a few select nations always get to play against each other. There is no European Qualification for the rugby world cup. In football even Gibraltar have a national team that gets treated equally to the bigger teams.

    In this world cup, qualification is a joke. Some countries are getting in based on how they did in the last world cup (4 years ago!) . Other team have to battle their way in and some teams are pretty much given entry on a plate without having to do much. Meanwhile there are other nations who have no way to qualify and nations who have rugby teams but get little or no support from the IRB/World Rugby. Mainly World Rugby are interested in money rather than promoting the sport internationally. Until the tier system is gotten rid of and all countries have an equal opportunity to qualify then the rugby world cup cannot be seen as a fair competition.

    • There is European Qualification for the World Cup. In fact, Wales has played Spain in a qualifying match, and Scotland and South Africa played Spain in the World Cup. “World Rugby” has done a great to invest money and raise standards outside Tier 1.

      A true open qualification would be ideal, but current disparity in standards make that physically unsafe.

      Gibraltar is an unfortunate case, excluded from Rugby Europe by Spanish manipulation.

    • Putting fifty-plus unanswered points on a developing team (like Spain) isn’t that helpful to them (this is what happened in the one full international between Spain and Wales, Wales won 54-0) or even for the high performance team that has beaten them.

      It is of more use to both national unions to have a game that is a challenge rather than a massacre, hence there have been a number of games between Wales A, Scotland A, England Saxons, England Counties, England U23s, Australia Emerging, France A, South Africa A and New Zealand Māori and Spain (they’ve lost all of them, but they could at least compete.

      As for European qualification, there were two qualifiers from the European Nations Cup, Georgia and Romania, with the next placed team (Russia) going through to the repechage (they lost to Uruguay). Thirty-one teams were in the qualifying tournament

    • agree totally! football is more inclusive thats why it is the numebr 1 sport in the world. love the fact that other nations get a chance at a world cup with football no matter how small that chance is. rugby does not offer this at all and is only for a small group of nations really.

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