Thousands Tune in to Watch Ireland beat Scotland


As Ireland'sRugby World Cup 2019 campaign got off to a flying start, so did RTÉ's coverage of the event.

With the hopes of a nation on their shoulders, the Irish rugby team started their Rugby World Cup with a convincing win over Scotland. They put stumbles in the warm-up games behind them and gave one of their most confident performances since their win over the All Blacks in 2018.

They came away 27-3 victors and managed to secure a bonus point against a team that was seen as their toughest opponents in the group. This win puts them in the driving seat of the group and victory over Japan next Saturday will all but guarantee them top spot in the group. They'll have one eye on a quarter-final with South Africa, who lost to New Zealand on Saturday, as they hope to be the first Irish men's rugby team to make it beyond the quarter-final stage in a World Cup.

The coverage on RTÉ2 was watched by over 640,000 viewers on TV, that's a 70% share of viewing. Any chance that the early morning starts would depress numbers were swept aside as the dedicated rugby fans of Ireland tuned in to support the boys in green. 479,000 stayed to watch the post-match analysis as Jamie Heaslip, Stephen Ferris and Eddie O'Sullivan passionately discussed Ireland's performance in RTÉ's brand-new sports studio. The game also had a 75% share of Adults 15-34 during the live game.

Over 130,000 streams were recorded on the RTÉ Player as people chose to watch the game on different RTÉ platforms. The ability to watch live sport or your favourite programmes anywhere that suits you is something that RTÉ prides itself on.

RTÉ will be showing all of Ireland's remaining pool games against Japan this Saturday (28th September), Russia the following Thursday (3rd October) and the final game against Samoa on 12th October. After this RTÉ  has all of the knock-out games so you can follow as temperature rises and the pressure mounts on every team trying to take home the Webb Ellis trophy.

If you want your brand to be there as Ireland progresses through the tournament there are still a limited number of spot packages available, full details of which can be found here.