• Twitter

  • A Rugby World Cup 2011 Game - A place of quiet serenity.

    What's all this I hear you say, how the hell can a rugby game at the top level be classified as such?

    Well, just think back to all the games you've watched? When did you hear a crowd getting up in voice behind their team? Have you heard the England Fans singing Swing Low?, Have you heard the Scots Pipers? the answer is no.

    Due to the IRB prohibiting musical instruments into the stadiums, there is no party atmosphere, in fact, there is very little atmosphere. Apart from the cheers at try times and the odd moan and groan at penalties, the stadiums are very quiet.

    I was at the Scotland vs Romania game, the second game of the RWC 2011, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what was missing. The stands and terraces were full, there were a group of girls on the opposite side of the pitch singing, but they didn't number many. It was very much like watching a final of lower league club rugby, you could hear the refs whistle clearly, and sometimes even catch what they were saying!

    So what was missing? Well for this game it was bagpipes, Can anyone remember the last time they went to a Scotland game where there were not a few pipers playing away Flower of Scotland while sections of crowd sang it at the top of their lungs? I can't.

    And what about the other games, normally you hear drums, trumpets, etc (I'm not sold on the debate that the vuvuzela is an instrument, seems to only have one note) to help beat the tension and atmosphere of the games. But there was nothing.

    I believe this has lead to a lack of crowd singing, I didn't here the Welsh singing, the Irish, no Swing Low from the English (not in it's normal resounding volume anyway).  Is this being felt in the way these teams have all played?

    So why did the IRB do this? An England game without the tones of Swing Low, or a Scotland game without the pipes, to me, is the same as New Zealand starting a game without the Haka. It's the thing that builds a crowd up to really lift the team to play better.

    I would like to see the IRB lift this silly rule, this is the pinnacle of Rugby Union, the TV's should be showing a great spectacle for all to look back on and say, I was there at New Zealand, and it was great. But for me, this has made it a bit flat.

    The people of New Zealand are fantastic & friendly, and even all of them I speak to cannot understand why this rule has been put in place.

    Come on IRB, lighten up and let the RWC be enjoyed in the games. Let the instruments in!
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Taff's Avatar
      Taff -
      Due to the IRB prohibiting musical instruments into the stadiums, there is no party atmosphere, in fact, there is very little atmosphere. Apart from the cheers at try times and the odd moan and groan at penalties, the stadiums are very quiet.
      There seemed to be plenty of atmosphere and noise at the France v Japan game and the Wales v South Africa games.
    1. ExHookah's Avatar
      ExHookah -
      In a couple of matches I have heard someone with a trumpet or horn of some kind, playing the familiar little piece that you used to hear continually in Parc des Princes.
    1. Toby Warren's Avatar
      Toby Warren -
      Quote Originally Posted by ExHookah View Post
      In a couple of matches I have heard someone with a trumpet or horn of some kind, playing the familiar little piece that you used to hear continually in Parc des Princes.
      That's over the PA
    1. Phil E's Avatar
      Phil E -
      Quote Originally Posted by Toby Warren View Post
      That's over the PA
      They seem to be feeding in a lot of artificial atmosphere over the PA. Is that the tv peoples influence?
  • Recent Activity Widget

    Phil E

    One for the grammar police?

    Thread Starter: Phil E

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51269012

    Last Post By: crossref 6 Hours Ago Go to last post
    Flish

    Scrum to the team 'Going Forward'

    Thread Starter: Flish

    What would you give in the below; Red vs White, White in possession, series of pick and goes but having no joy, over the space of 5 breakdowns they are pushed backwards about 5m, then we end up unplayable so scrum to team going forward (Red?) or fall back to the attacking team (White?) - I gave...

    Last Post By: timmad 6 Hours Ago Go to last post
    Donk93953

    Carded in tournament play....?

    Thread Starter: Donk93953

    University level play in southern USA. What is the general consensus on players being carded in tournament play? Yellow card...they can or cannot play in next game? Red card...out of next game or out of tournament?

    Last Post By: Marc Wakeham 7 Hours Ago Go to last post
    imcx

    Quins v Sarries - Unusual Timekeeper intervention ?

    Thread Starter: imcx

    I'm not sure how common this is, but at the Stoop on Sunday afternoon, listening on reflink, I heard the Timekeeper (Bob Ockenden) come on giving Luke Pearce (LP) advice. Details and match timings below. 37:30 Saracens Ruck. Chris Robshaw pulling 2 Sarries players towards him forward off...

    Last Post By: crossref 11 Hours Ago Go to last post
    smeagol

    Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    Thread Starter: smeagol

    Lincoln Park D3 @ Peoria - league opener Starting the fall league season off with a bang, teams are fairly even. I expect a lot of chasing high balls and long kicks from the home side.

    Last Post By: Flish 11 Hours Ago Go to last post