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Bars brace for Rugby World Cup surge in beer drinking

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I'm not looking forward to the increase in rugby bros at all.

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I'm not looking forward to the increase in rugby bros at all.

Same here. I like the game but can’t stand many of the types who play and surround it.

Pains in the backside.

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The insecurity on this and other recent rugby-related thread is quite hilarious. Not the first time I see this tbh; Japan's (& Asia's) long-term gaijins tend to feel threatened by other (in some/most cases more successful -career-wise, 'bigger' etc) westerners (tourists, relatively new comers...).

My only concern re beer & rugby folks is how they're going to manage nomihodai during the rwc. Still remember the sweet smell of puke, stale piss/beer at 'nomihodai' Spanish bars/clubs in the 90s.

This could get ugly/interesting!

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Actually I was kind of hoping to go to that U.S. vs England match in Kobe so I could throw down some Heinekens with English fans while they probably destroy my USA team. It is a weekday game though and have to work. I look forward to attending the U.S. game vs Tonga!

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@DadDude, man, you don’t look so good. You should take the day off. Remember: Stay well hydrated. ;-)

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The Fan Zone in front of Hakata Station in Fukuoka has listed Heineken as ¥700 per handle, somewhat steep so I plan to preload at the Lawson next to the pavilion before the Blackness take on the Saffa's in the unofficial World Cup Final :)

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Chip Star / Jimizo

Because soccer fans never cause trouble right? Eyeroll.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/05/england-fans-baton-charged-portugese-police-nations-league-porto

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Hehe

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In rugby, it is the players that tend to drink to excess,not the fans...

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n rugby, it is the players that tend to drink to excess,not the fans...

You will shortly be proved very mistaken.

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estimates up to 400,000 foreign visitors in Japan will watch games.

Don't they have a good idea from ticket sales how many are coming?

Will the fan zones show the games featuring teams aside from Japan with English commentaries? I watch soccer games on DAZN with Japanese commentaries and it's dire. Until last year, Premier League football could be watched with an international feed English commentary (not the UK SkySports one) on BS Satellite, but now its DAZN only.

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Amid expectations that a number of bibulous rugby fans will travel to Japan, the first Asian country to host the world's third biggest sporting event, many bar and restaurant owners are bracing for a huge increase in alcohol consumption.

And South Korea is helping make the supply available.

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SK are not playing. Wales got an amazing reception in Kita Kyushu.

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With ticket prices around 35.000 yen (the low end?) and the flight , food, accommodation etc then I doubt there will be much left over for booze!

Maybe, the fans from the UK will be disappointed when their pounds get them a beer at the venue for 7-8 pounds?

Let’s hope they also carry their passports...

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something other the usual mass-produced, slop like heineken would make a nice start

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@kurisupisu I’m not sure where you are plucking your info from today, but it’s all wrong.

Tickets can be bought for less than 3000 yen for some of the less glamorous games. The most expensive ticket is for a Japan game at 50,000 yen.

UK fans are used to getting their pants pulled down for refreshments in sporting venues. I expect the prices in Japan may well be less than they are used to paying back home

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Heineken - yuck.

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@CC

I was looking at the prices on the JTB website for the games in Kobe.

Ticket prices were at 35,000 yen.

I will be moving around a bit today so might pop into JTB and talk to their staff.

If there are any left at lower prices of 5-10k yen for the England game in Kobe then I will buy one...

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In rugby, it is the players that tend to drink to excess,not the fans...

Often one and the same. Many rugby fans are former players (amateur leagues obviously).

Agree with CC re tix prices, started at around 2,000 yen for games involving so called minnows. Not bad.

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@kurisupu, good luck fella. List prices for that game range from 5000 - 20,000 yen. JTB making a fat profit if they are selling them for 35 grand

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It's a well-known fact that Rugby fans are generally much better behaved and more gentlemanly than soccer fans. Never heard of a rugby hooligan.....

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Rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentleman while football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans. 

WELSH POLICE RANT ABOUT "NIGHTMARE" RUGBY FANS BEING WORSE THAN FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS

https://www.joe.co.uk/sport/welsh-police-rant-about-nightmare-rugby-fans-being-worse-than-football-supporters-42765

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zichi,

Nice find! But that's Wales, innit? Do they even have a soccer team?

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Nice find! But that's Wales, innit? Do they even have a soccer team?

Yes many, I suppose the top FC would be Swansea.

They also have great choirs but there are no known choir hooligans.

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Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England all have their country international football teams.

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Thanks for the insight there zichi

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@zichi

SK are not playing.

It was a joke. Because SK is not buying Japanese beer, there's more to go around for Welshmen in Japan.

Perfect timing. Brewers won't notice the dip at all and by the time the cup's over, the Korean will be back to drinking it.

Why do they feel the need to drink to excess?

Do they think Japanese alcohol drunkenness feel different from British alcohol drunkenness?

Never understood the (lack of) culture; same men, same stories, same pubs, same teams and the expectation of having to shake hands with drunks all the time when you know fine that nothing them wash their hands after going to the toilet for the 20th time.

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It was a joke. Because SK is not buying Japanese beer, there's more to go around for Welshmen in Japan.

But it wasn’t it’s just more hate down from that poster.

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Do they think Japanese alcohol drunkenness feel different from British alcohol drunkenness?

I imagine that it feels the same in Japan as in Britain or anywhere - pretty good.

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Why do they feel the need to drink to excess?

Coz it gives us such a wicked buzz. But moderation in all things.

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@zichi

But it wasn’t

Yes, it clearly was. It followed, your response did not.

Ossan wrote, "And South Korea is helping make the supply available" which has nothing to do with them playing. That they were or were not playing is immaterial.

It's the SK beer diplomacy that is the issue, not that they are crap at playing rugby.

Sometimes I worry about your reading comprehension.

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Sometimes I worry about your reading comprehension.

Well I strongly disagree because on this forum since day one OssanAmerican has an intense hate of anything SK and never misses a chance to express it. Go and read his post archives.

He don't care about the beer or the rugby which isn't an American played game anyway.

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It's a well-known fact that Rugby fans are generally much better behaved and more gentlemanly than soccer fans. Never heard of a rugby hooligan.....

Dunno about 'gentlemanly' but probably less aggressive, confrontational etc.

Re manners let's be honest rugby folks are no angels. Fair bit of swearing, may occasionally take a dump in urinals ( at away games/bars) but only when our team has been harshly or unfairly refereed. No red card no dump, simple.

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International Rules my friends. The drinking rule game of rugby fans. It gets you hammered.

The basic rules are switching the hand you hold your pint in every 15 minutes (there must be an official timekeeper), and never ever saying the word 'drink' (you have to use 'imbibe' instead), sticking your pinky finger out when imbibing etc, etc. Penalties are in the form of downing whatever is decided.

I have never been so drunk than when on International Rules.

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Chip Star / Jimizo 

Because soccer fans never cause trouble right? Eyeroll

Don’t know why you are eyerolling about a claim which I didn’t make.

I was talking about the rugby types I came across. The rugger types ( Union ) at my university were largely pretty well-off, loudmouth, posturing pissed-up wankers who used the word ‘p##sy’ ( about men ) more than any people I’ve ever met. My wife who was at the same unit wouldn’t enter a bar with these clowns around. Talk about a chip on the shoulder about football being so much more popular - probably too many ‘p##sies’ in the country. The crowds I came across at Wasps’ games were pretty similar. The Aussie and Kiwi rugby fans I’ve come across in Japan were quite similar.

Think I’ll watch it at home.

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The rugger types ( Union ) at my university were largely pretty well-off, loudmouth, posturing pissed-up wankers 

That posh-boy image is perhaps deserved, but I think it varies by location. I'd say it's most pronounced in England (where Rugby League is quite the opposite). In Wales, it's different. I have fond memories of going to my first international game as a young kid, Scotland-Wales, and the Welsh fans were anything but arrogant (they were loud). They held me up so I could see the game, and when it was over and Wales had thrashed us, they ruffled my hair and made it clear it wasn't the end of the world. That's still my preferred image of rugby.

Here in Scotland, it's a little mixed. In the central belt (industrial area) where football rules, it's still seen as a posh sport and dominated by private schools. But in the Borders (south), it's the main sport, and rugby is played at all state schools. (If you happen to watch a Scotland game, see if you can tell by face alone who went to a state school and who went to a private school. It's easier when you hear them speaking.)

The last game I went to was Scotland-France, and I didn't come across many posh-boy stereotypes.

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