World Cup to have segregated fans?
April 29, 2014
The Six Nations thrives on having rival fans sat next to each other © Getty Images
Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup are reportedly considering segregating supporters at next year's tournament.
It would be a decision that goes against one of the great rugby traditions of fans of opposing sides sitting alongside each other, but the Daily Telegraph claims it is being considered as an option for the forthcoming World Cup.
The newspaper claims the organisers want to create a better atmosphere through sitting fans of one side together in one area of the stadium.
"What RWC 2015 is looking into is the grouping of fans so that they can make maximum noise in one homogenous block," reports the Daily Telegraph. "They are concerned that various travel groups, or expats living here and legitimately purchasing tickets through their local clubs to support the Wallabies or the Springboks or whoever, will be scattered throughout the stadiums, isolated voices.
"They reason it might make more sense to congregate them all together to enhance noise levels. It would create a sense of solidarity, spark off rival chanting from the other grouped-together mob, and so the volume would be cranked up."
When asked about the possibility of this becoming a reality, IRB CEO Brett Gosper dismissed it on Twitter.
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