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TV viewing figures rise as Ireland's World Cup campaign gathers momentum

And Thursday’s Pool decider against France will be the first women’s game to be shown live on prime time French television.

Ireland produced a big second half comeback at the Bowl.
Ireland produced a big second half comeback at the Bowl.
Image: Donall Farmer

IRELAND’S ROLLERCOASTER WORLD Cup campaign continues to attract unprecedented viewing figures for women’s rugby, with 322,000 people tuning in to yesterday’s dramatic win over Japan.

Tom Tierney side scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to keep their World Cup hopes alive and an average audience of 192,200, or 19.17% of the available audience, watched RTÉ’s coverage from the Belfield Bowl.

Ireland’s opening game against Australia drew an average audience of 191,300.

That figure is expected to be smashed again for Thursday’s Pool C decider against France, while the game will also become the first women’s international to be shown live on prime time TV in France.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and, once again, all tickets have been sold.

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