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A Huge Number Of Viewers Tuned Into TV3 For Ireland V Italy

There must not have been many people left on the streets on Sunday evening, as 1.38 million people tuned in to watch Ireland defeat Italy on TV3. The match averaged 956,000 viewers, for what was a record number for the station.

This is compared to the 875,300 who tuned in for RTÉ’s coverage of the All-Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Kerry.

It made for nervous viewing, as Italy pushed Joe Schmidt’s side all the way to the final whistle. However, the Irish held on to win on a scoreline of 16-9, which was enough to guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals.

Paul O’Connell and Co. now take on France next Sunday in Cardiff to decide who will top Pool D of the Rugby World Cup. With both teams eager to avoid the All-Blacks in the quarter-final, this is likely to be a classic.

Ireland face either Argentina or New Zealand in a last eight the week after.

These are massive viewing numbers, and the figures are set to rise again over the coming weeks.

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