The Irish language TV channel, TG4, has questioned rugby fans over their level of dedication to the sport. While Johnny Sexton’s drop goal sent the country in to a collective orgasm, only 6 people tuned in to watch Connacht take on Zebre in a crucial Pro 14 game. The spokesperson for TG4 released a statement in Irish so we’re not sure what it said. However, a few hours later a version of the statement appeared in English:
“Hundreds of thousands reached a collective orgasm watching Johnny Sexton knocking that drop goal over the posts. The Aviva had a full house for the visit of the wooden spoon losers, Italy. All of these hardcore rugby fans have come out of the woodwork but where were they last night? We had 6 viewers watching the crucial Pro 14 game between a top Irish provincial side and an exciting Italian team. Where were the fair weather fans? Probably down the pub watching soccer!”
The 6 Nations is on a break this weekend and TG4 hoped to capitalise on the new level of interest in the game by increasing their viewership. It wasn’t to be and the Irish speaking station is now questioning their own commitment to showing Pro 14 games in the future. A source within TG4 revealed:
“6 people. That’s it. We put on this brilliant show and then 6 people tune in. This included my friend Davide, who doesn’t really understand rugby, but tuned in as a favour. People are wondering if anyone really gives a crap about anything other than the national team. Connacht are a sound bunch of lads but when the players heard that only 6 people had tuned in, they started making some pretty angry phone calls to wives and girlfriends if you know what I mean”
Sexton will be back in action next weekend when the millions will tune back in waiting for a glorious touchdown.