Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva and the University of Bath’s have been undertaking scientific research to find the league’s most passionate group of fans.
They recently concluded that London Irish fans were more passionate than London rivals Harlequins, Saracens and Wasps, and whilst their studies are ongoing, we thought we’d conduct our own research here at The Rugby Blog seeing as we’re a knowledgeable bunch.
Have a read of Aviva’s research processes, and then vote in our poll for the club that you think has the most passionate fans.
The research team undertook a variety of experiments on a sample set of 48 fans (12 from each club) who applied to take part. Their anxiety and testosterone levels were measured, as well as their heart rate throughout the match.
The university has devised an equation for passion, which is calculated from the interaction of four variables:
– fan loyalty (commitment to the team)
– fan match evaluation (before and after the match)
– fan psychology (mood and anxiety levels)
– fan physiology (hormone and heart rate changes)
The results are weighted alongside an independent review of the match by a former England player, to allow all 6 ‘crunch’ matches, and 12 sets of supporters, to be compared. So far, 8 clubs have now been analysed, with 4 left to play.
Now it’s your turn to vote? Who has the loudest support? Which venue is the noisiest? Vote in the poll below and we’ll compare your opinions with the science.