Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed going to an Irish or sports pub during Rugby season to watch games. It’s a great excuse to drink Guinness and meet civilized sports’ fans (no offence, footballers).
I was a little surprised when I entered a Wageningen pub on a Saturday rugby-afternoon to find only a dozen people there. They were great and all part of the Wageningen Rugby team: which I thought had to be real fans of the game. I expected the less fanatical Rugby enjoyers would turn up for the evening's Big Game, but low and behold: the rugby team itself, when 6 o'clock struck, before the real thing even began, went home for dinner: Dutchness won over sport rowdiness!/Andrea Downing, PhD Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group