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All this week’s revealing of the plummeting Super Rugby TV and stadium audiences did was confirm what most of us knew in our hearts was happening.

The discussion last week on a WhatsApp group I am part of comprising a lot of my rugby mates from UCT - most having played either 1st or 2nd team rugby after school and thus with an interest in the game - was about whether to go and watch WP play SWD at City Park or Bishops play Eaton on the Piley Rees. Super Rugby was not even on the menu!

According to AMPS, the percentage of the population interested in rugby has remained constant at around 19% since 2005. This is similar to cricket, with both sports a distant second to soccer which sits at a chunky 53%.

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