Thursday, 29 November 2018

Despite the announcement of Joe Schmidt’s departure, 48% believe Ireland will win next year’s Rugby World Cup

Reach Insights Press Release

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29th November 2018
  • Despite the announcement of Joe Schmidt’s departure, 48% believe Ireland will win next year’s Rugby World Cup
  • Ahead of the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin, an enormous 73% agree with Martin O’Neill’s departure as football manager.

November has been a hectic month for Irish sport, from the high of defeating New Zealand in Dublin, to the low of relegation in the UEFA Nations League. Off the field, both the IRFU and the FAI have been busy dealing with coaching arrivals and departures. With so much sport in the news, iReach has conduced as nationally representative survey on Irish sport, to gauge how Ireland supporters are feeling about the current state of rugby and football teams.

It is of little surprise that there is a stark contrast between the sentiments expressed towards the Ireland rugby and football teams.

A resounding 73% of people are happy that Martin O’Neill is no longer in charge of the Republic of Ireland football team and a further 54% do not believe O’Neill was successful during his time in charge. Nonetheless, the current difficulties of Irish football are seen as the responsibility of FAI boss John Delaney, with 49% stating Delaney is most to blame.

O’Neill’s successor, Mick McCarthy, at 30% is the most popular of those who were in the running for the role, followed by Roy Keane (18%) and Stephen Kenny (12%), who will take over from Mick McCarthy following Euro 2020.

The survey results highlight the positivity currently surrounding Irish rugby. Despite the announcement of Joe Schmidt’s departure following the tournament, 48% predicting Ireland will next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, compared to just 30% who think New Zealand will be crowned champions for the third time in a row.

The contrast between Irish rugby and football are further underlined by other results too, with only 15% of respondents who believe the Republic of Ireland football team are entertaining to watch compared to a remarkable 75% who are entertained by the Ireland rugby team.

There is some room for sympathy for Irish football however, with over half of those surveyed noting that it is easier for Ireland to be successful at rugby than football.

About iReach Insights
iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 8th November and the 14th November and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.

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