What The Papers Say: Violence mars the name of rugby

The press carried emotive pictures of violence on the pitch of Wales’ opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Argentina, and cited moments of violent conduct by several players.

The press carried emotive pictures of violence on the pitch of

Wales’ opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Argentina, and cited

moments of violent conduct by several players.



Tournament chief law enforcement officer Tim Gresson promised miscreants

would be severely dealt with so as not to alienate those looking in at

the sport’s global ’shop window’.



Former England player Paul Ackford, writing in the Sunday Telegraph

(3/10/99) admitted that ’the sport has a long way to go to commend

itself to a new audience’.



Indeed, a poll of more than 1,000 people shows only 10 per cent

associate rugby with sportsmanlike conduct. It came behind football and

golf, despite recent incidents in both games which may have affected

their image.



Pride in hosting the World Cup seems to have rubbed off on the Welsh,

with over one-third of respondents citing rugby as having a

sportsmanlike image, compared to 20 per cent for football.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. Telephone interviews conducted by Audience

Selection.



More information can be found at www.echoResearch.com.



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