@derm-mccrum said in Who does the TSF want to Win? Aus vs Ireland:
@milk said in Who does the TSF want to Win? Aus vs Ireland:
Australia, I guess. Although Ireland used to be my second team.
I listen to a lot of rugby podcasts and media from both countries. Ireland tend to be over-represented in terms of quality rugby content for some reason. However, the issue I have with both countries, just in my experience, is they tend to act so victimized in their encounters with New Zealand.
I consider myself fairly pragmatic by Kiwi rugby fan standards, and I don't tune in to other countries' rugby content to hear how great our team is. I actually like it when fans from other countries get optimistic about their prospects... and generally speaking it doesn't take much for fans from those two countries to get optimistic and bullish. Good for them. Those fans have had tough times and have stuck with the team and game they love.
Probably ironic coming from a Kiwi, but Aussie and Irish fans can be soooo one-eyed when it comes to how evil the All Blacks are.
The exception I reckon is the Rugby Report Card guys. They'd love the Wallabies to thrash the All Blacks and want desperately for their teams to do well, but they also just love rugby and are happy to give credit wherever it's due.
I suspect that the 2016 “Dublin Exhibition Match” may have coloured your view somewhat to draw the generalisation.
Yes, you're probably quite right there. Although, I was watching an Off the Ball video where the host said, in reference to last weekend's red card getting overturned, "it has reached epidemic proportions that all the referring calls go to New Zealand"... and I strongly disagree that the red card had anything to do with the fact NZ was one of the teams playing.