Yes, it's true. After a bit of judicious rounding up, Great Britain's new national sport has proved that it can challenge the popularity of soccer by producing a higher total attendance figure than Celtic could for their match against mighty Partick Thistle.
Yesterday, the following BIG GAMES took place in the Zzzzzz Peeeee and elsewhere:
Celtic (no, not Glasgow Celtic) League
Neath-Swansea Ospreys 25 Leinster 36 Gathering: 4,046
Gloucester 28 Northampton 20 Gathering: 11,000
Harlequins 9 Leeds 16
Leicester 12 Bath 13
Newcastle 20 Wasps 23
National League One
Bedford 22 Otley 15
Bristol P Worcester P
Coventry 25 London Welsh 17 Gathering: 1,000
Exeter 17 Plymouth Albion 19 Gathering: 2,500
Orrell 69 Henley 15
Penzance/Newlyn 22 Wakefield 7
Pertemps Bees 39 Manchester 12 Gathering: 300
National League Two
Esher 8 Harrogate 10
Moseley 14 Rugby 9
Newbury 12 Nuneaton 15
Nottingham 22 Doncaster 19
Rosslyn Park 65 Lydney 24
Sedgley Park 14 Bracknell 21 Gathering: 320
Wharfedale 52 Stourbridge 10 Gathering: 450
These fantastic figures add up to an INCREDIBLE total of 59,372!!! Notice of course that most end in a nice clean zero, not like these messily complex soccer figures that are so tediously exact. But notice also the creativity of the Newbury club which dabbles in multiples of 25 and, best of all, Newcastle which tagged on an extra 1 because Diddle-dally-allio turned up with the FAMOUS TROPHY ITSELF!!!
As for Celtic and their match against mighty Partick Thistle, they could only attract a measly 58,202.
Proof indeed that rugger has taken off and is now the nation's number 1 sport.
The factof the matter is that Rugby Union is not even as big as rugby league