Guinness Premiership attendances rise during Six Nations

Attendances in the Guinness Premiership averaged over 11,200 in round 13 as crowds across the league continue to remain healthy.

Contrary to popular opinion, attendances at Guinness Premiership matches actually rise during the Six Nations, as rugby becomes the focus for the sports media and many clubs schedule their kick offs to allow supporters to watch a live Guinness Premiership match at the ground and then stay on to watch England on television.

Last season, crowds averaged 10,180 in the period leading up to the Six Nations, but averaged 10,814 during the tournament, an increase of 6.2%.

In season 2006/7, Guinness Premiership crowds averaged 11,031 in the period leading up to the Six Nations and 11,304 during it, an increase of almost 2.5%.

Gloucester Rugby were one of three clubs to record a crowd of over 12,000 this weekend, as they maintained their position as leaders of the Guinness Premiership, the fourth team to lead the league this season.

“Attendances this weekend confirm that the Guinness Premiership is providing good value for money, family entertainment”, said Premier Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty.

“Supporters know they will see close, entertaining matches in the Guinness Premiership, with any side capable of beating any other on their day. The clubs are working hard to provide good deals on tickets and I think in the current climate Guinness Premiership rugby is proving good value for money.”

Four of the weekend’s matches finished within seven points, putting the result in doubt until the final whistle.

23 tries were scored, averaging 3.8 per match, the same as the average for the season to date and higher than the last comparable figures in either the Magners League or Top 14.

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