Telegraph columnist brands rugby fans a ‘gullible bunch of daffodil-clad daftees’
A Telegraph columnist has branded rugby fans a “gullible, romantic bunch of daffodil-clad daftees”.
In an article for the right-wing London-based news organisation, sports writer James Corrigan, mocked supporters who bought tickets for Wales’ upcoming fixture with New Zealand.
He said the WRU had “arranged the stupidest fixture ever” and argued it was “offensive” to paying fans.
Corrigan argued that Wales shouldn’t be playing the match, which is being contested outside the international window, because it will be without “some of its most notable players” when it faces the world’s best team.
He also accused the governing body for rugby union in Wales “prioritising the bottom line over the try line”.
Corrigan wrote: “The WRU-ination of the sport in its one of hotbeds has long been a joke, but this time it has truly surpassed itself. It has arranged the stupidest fixture ever.
“Actually, scrap ‘stupidest’, as to the paying fans – who have dished up to £95 – this is offensive. Some accountant genuinely thought it acceptable to play the world’s best team whilst knowing that on Saturday, October 30 Wayne Pivac will be without some of his most notable players. And what is yet more scandalous is that those on top agreed.
“Unlike the three Tests on the weekends thereafter, this, the undoubted glamour tie, is being contested outside of the international window.
“Wales will be under-strength and the only ones who will be fully loaded that day will be the libated portion of the 74,000-strong crowd.
“Wales have not beaten the All Blacks in 68 years, since Tenzing and Hilary were still scaling their way back down Everest, and despite being reigning Six Nations champions, there would hardly be unfettered optimism of the Pivac party finally conquering this particular mountain this time around.
“That gullible, romantic bunch of daffodil-clad daftees will not moan if the void lasts at least another year. What is another 12-month in a whole lifetime of failure, what is another digit in a curse?”