The Six Nations, international rugby’s marquee tournament in the northern hemisphere, has been confirmed as the biggest sporting event in the world, with an average attendance better than America’s NFL and even the 2014 World Cup.
Reported in the Daily Mail, the average attendance at a Six Nations contest in 2015 was a staggering 72,000, with a total of over 1 million people cheering on their side over a 15 game tournament.
Compiled by UEFA, the attendance rankings looked at all single sport tournaments or leagues and taking their best attended seasons, the long running series that sees England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy go to war each spring, peaked in 2015 when Ireland narrowly pipped England to the title on the final day of the tournament.
Coming up against heavyweight events such as the football World Cup in 2014 and the NFL in America, the rankings show just popular rugby really is.
With the NFL averaging 68,000 over 256 games in 2015 and the World Cup in Brazil seeing an average of 53,500 over 64 games, the 2015 Six Nations sites atop of the pile, beating even the IRB Rugby World Cup of the same year.
The introduction of the bonus point system seen in domestic and European club competitions will see the 2017 Six Nations offer even more excitement to fans, as nations look to secure those precious extra points for tries scored.
The latest installment of the series set to kick off in only four weeks, fans will be gearing up once again to, as always, descent on the respective capitals and show their appreciation for the sport they adore.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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