Egans House WANTS YOU!!!!… Why not visit Ireland’s capital DUBLIN for the 6Nations rugby showdown between Ireland V Italy…February 25th at the Aviva Stadium
Since turning professional in the mid-1990s, rugby has changed dramatically: playing standards have risen everywhere, including in the traditional rugby-playing nations, making the process of catching up for countries like Italy all the harder. Greater visibility and popularity, especially of international rugby, has raised the (already massive) stakes for the players, coaches and teams. Alongside increased resources and competition for places, the pressure to win in countries like New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, Wales and Ireland helps them to maintain an edge over countries that are simply trying to make the sport viable, like Italy.
After twelve years of the Six Nations, rugby’s popularity, especially support for the national side, in the Belpaese has swelled recently: for instance, in the early ‘00s it was fairly easy to pick up tickets for Italy’s home matches, which were often better attended by visiting supporters. Not any more though. These days, demand from Italian supporters for the Azzurri’s now customarily sell-out matches at Rome’s Stadio Flaminio has shot up. (Indeed, a temporary stand with some 5,000 extra seats has had to be added.) If then Italy can string together some tangible results –can Italy do it against Ireland in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin this February 25th…. 2012 and make their supporters very proud?
Ireland only narrowly beat the Italians in Rome last year in the Six Nations. It was 13-11 in the favour of Ireland on that day, but the Irish are unbeaten against the Italians in the hostory of 6 Nations competition. Can the Italian team take us to task once again on this big occasion? Who will be left holding the wooden spoon!!
Why don’t you come and support your team and join us here at Egans House for a very enjoyable weekend, fantastic staff on hand to help you with all your queries… very competitive rates and a great hearty breakfast.