Today, we went to Twickenham Stadium, which is famous for hosting rugby events. My high school almost formed a rugby team in 2015, and my best friend used to play rugby, so I knew a little about the sport coming into this.
Rugby is described as “a gentleman’s game played by hooligans,” because it is a posh sport that happens to be quite violent. Because of this class divide, the game is primarily reported on in high-end papers instead of say, The Sun.
While soccer is the primary sport of England, rugby tickets can cost upwards of £200 per seat.
When we visited TalkSport, we learned that football players aren’t often well educated, because they finish school at 16 to focus on sports. Rugby players, however, often finish university. It’s interesting to see how this class divide transcends into media.