Next week will see the first ever Six Nations game played on a Friday evening in Paris, and it has divided opinions in the rugby community.
Stade de France on Friday night?
Gone are the days of the Saturday afternoon kick off at 3pm – fixture schedules are now dictated by the TV companies, and many have lambasted the decision to stage a Friday night game in Paris.
Reports suggest that Welsh travelling support to France is much lighter than usual, because it would mean taking a day off work, so the impact on French tourism is clearly detrimental. And those that do travel will miss out on traditional Saturday night revelry, given that by the time the game finishes, many of the bars will be thinking about closing.
On the other hand, whilst we regret that TV schedules can call the shots, they are doing so to provide us – the armchair viewer – with what their research determines that we want. After all, many Guinness Premiership games are played on a Friday night and nobody seems to complain.
So will you be boycotting the game as a matter of principle? Or will you be strapping yourself in for Friday night beers with the added bonus of a Six Nations game to enjoy?
Comments left here are likely to appear in The Rugby Paper on Sunday.