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Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby iul » Mon, 09 Feb 2015, 20:20

Is the competition broadcast by any TV channel? If not, then are they at least streaming it? What sort of stadiums do they hold the competition in? What sort of crowds do they get?

Maybe they should use these games as curtain raisers for the mens 6N.

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby grande » Mon, 09 Feb 2015, 22:57

No idea if they're broadcast anywhere (I think there was a livestream, though?)

The venues this weekend were St Helen's (Wales, 4500), [url=Stade Henri Desgrange]Stade Henri Desgrange[/url] (France, 10,000), and Stadio Mario Lodigiani (Italy, no idea of the size).

According to the W6N website, 5000 attended the France vs Scotland match. You can see the stadium looks pretty busy in the background of this photo.

Stat Bunker puts the average attendance in 2014 at 6430, but there's some holes in their data, so I'd bet it's lower than that.

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby johnbirch » Wed, 11 Feb 2015, 19:58

We do know that the TV audience (in France only) for France v Scotland was something over 370,000, which is better than some Top14 games.

Crowds have always been good in France - 5000-10000 - and Italy often also fill small club grounds too. In both cases they move the games around and they are often a big civic occasion. Especially if the Irish are in town (for some reason).

Ashbourne in Ireland has been filling up more year on year and you do wonder now if the women are too big for it. England are playing in Darlington this year in a double header with the U20s, so that will be interesting to see. Other than that only its hard to tell in England as the only paid ticket women-only game will be Italy at the Stoop on Sunday, and they are probably the worst draw. They tend to do France at Twickenham with free entry, so the crowd size is unknown (they said 15000 last year).

St Helens at the weekend must have been one of the best crowds seen in Wales, possibly 3000-4000, but Scotland rarely get more than 1000 or so.

More double headers would be good - but groundsmen might object to an extra 160-240 minutes of rugby on their precious pitches.

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby grande » Mon, 02 Mar 2015, 12:32

Scotland is, once again, looking at five straight losses this year. And Spain continues to languish...

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby CraigChalmers » Mon, 02 Mar 2015, 13:26

grande wrote:Scotland is, once again, looking at five straight losses this year. And Spain continues to languish...


Hey, we are steadily improving - only scored 3 points 2 years ago, up to 5 last season and now up to 11 this season, with 2 games left...

Only positive thing for Scotland really is we are now playing matches at decent stadiums (have made Broadwood Stadium - an 8,000 capacity football stadium with an artificial pitch - their regular home). Better than some teams manage, but not really enough to justify our continued involvement in the competition over Spain...

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby grande » Mon, 23 Mar 2015, 12:57

So another W6N has come and gone with Scotland not winning a single match. If I'm counting correctly, they're now at 29 straight Six Nations losses.

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby Hansgrohe » Tue, 31 Mar 2015, 01:41

Scotland Women have been in utter shambles this decade. Ive read that outside the Borders rugby isnt played much inpublic schools. Is this the reason for the dearth of talent?

Give credit to the Italian women though. Huge upset over France then beating Wales to finish third is impressive.

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby CraigChalmers » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 14:18

grande wrote:So another W6N has come and gone with Scotland not winning a single match. If I'm counting correctly, they're now at 29 straight Six Nations losses.


29 games without a win, but I think only 27 defeats in a row... (Since a draw with Italy)

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Re: Womens Six Nations 2015

Postby johnbirch » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 19:19

Scotland and the SRU have to be realistic - they are now way behind the rest of the 6N, and there is next to no chance at the moment that they will beat Spain for a place at the WRWC in 2017. But if Scotland never play any tests outside the 6N then there is no chance they will ever improve. There's the annual European competitions, there are are plenty of teams in Europe who'd love a game or two. Get out there, play games against teams on their level (Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium), and learn to win again.

In fact just look at Italy and learn.

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