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Denis Frank

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German, who has previously lived in Australia. Borussia Dortmund season ticket holder. Also Rugby follower und player (at a very modest level), who's therefore interested in all Paul O'Connel related matters.

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Although Frankfurt has been a tad bit disappointing, I reckon. Who do you see winning the League then?

Why the Bundesliga is Europe’s most exciting football league right now

Especially for a country like Germany that pours money into Olympic sports and has a vast network of training facilities across the country for Olympic athletes. Ultimately 15s will profit off the back of it.

Germany is about to host its biggest rugby event ever

Yes on Sport 1 – the biggest free tv sports network in Germany.

Germany is about to host its biggest rugby event ever

Actually more than 160 Terry 😉

There are a couple of naturalised foreigners in the setup, but nobody came to Germany for rugby. The Sevens team is basically a full time outfit now with the support of the German army and federal police that employs Olympians from all sorts of sports. The current coach is Vuyo Zangqa, former Blitzbok himself and assistant coach at SA 7s.

Germany is about to host its biggest rugby event ever

We had a record audience for Germany and the total tv audience was larger than in Australia. Just cracked one million viewers. However due to the fact Sevens was part of the Olympics, our public television channels broadcoasted it. Roughly 4 million viewers around midnight for the semis and final.

Germany is about to host its biggest rugby event ever

Mate, believe that’s pretty normal in Germany. Usually tickets for soccer matches, that attract 50-80k every week depending on which city, include public transport. Plus on German trains having a beer or two is legal, unless you misbehave on the train.

Oktoberfest Rugby sevens to launch in Munich

It is a thing of beauty. Participated in last year’s amateur tournament myself as well. 22 degrees, sunshine and a buzzing Oktoberfest. Add in a little bit of Sevens and you’ve got the perfect combination. Now it’s just about enough people knowing about it!

Oktoberfest Rugby sevens to launch in Munich

The subway is totally safe, as is Germany per se. One of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. Don’t let em scare you and should you be around, I’ll be happy to chat about Rugby in Germany while having a Maß of beer (no they’re not called Stein 😉 )

Oktoberfest Rugby sevens to launch in Munich

Yes, Eurosport got a market share of 4% for the final, while they’re usually hovering around 0.5%

However the fact that the public channels broadcastet it during the olympics – which was a huge struggle by the way, they were only gonna stream it and the two biggest German rugby websites “encouraged” their readers to send mails and call – dwarfed those numbers. 25% market share and more than 4 million viewers after midnight on average!

Oktoberfest Rugby sevens to launch in Munich

@jeznez

Yes, it will be incorporated. There are twelve pitches right across the road from the olympic stadium. The schedule will be organised, so that amateur participants can watch the elite tournament at the same time. The participation fee will include access to the main ground, which will also serve as the final venue for the amateurs!

Tickets are actually on sale already starting at €19 a day 😉

Oktoberfest Rugby sevens to launch in Munich