Ireland now the most supported team at the Rugby World Cup

Ireland now the most supported team at the Rugby World Cup

ENGLAND rugby fans are firmly behind Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quest after buying up more tickets for the quarter-final meeting with Argentina than Scotland and Wales’ games put together.

Although Scotland and Wales face heavyweights Australia and South Africa respectively this weekend, Ireland against the Pumas on Sunday has been the bigger draw for neutral fans.

Limerick-based company Viagogo, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has seen English fans snapping up tickets to see what promises to be one of the most entertaining quarter-finals.

And with England now having played their last game in the Rugby World Cup, Ireland have officially become the most supported team in the tournament.

English fans shared 37 per cent of ticket sales during the pool stages of the competition, with Ireland second in line with 26 per cent, but Stuart Lancaster’s will play no further part, leaving the Irish to take over.

Earlier in the tournament, 89, 267 fans watched Ireland defeat Romania 44-10 at Wembley, making it the largest ever attendance at a Rugby World Cup game.