Rugby players really are reality fans

Leicester Tigers back row Jordan Crane

I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the new ‘reality’ shows that are on TV at the minute.

Put stuff like The Only Way Is Essex, Made In Chelsea, Geordie Shore and even The Valleys in front of me and I can’t stop myself watching it.

It’s ‘car crash’ TV at it’s finest. I just can’t bring myself to turn off in case I miss something.

They are so bad, they’re good.

In my defence, I am not the only one to enjoy them.

The boys at Leicester are big fans too. Some of them don’t like to admit – but they always know what is going on when we are discussing the previous episode over lunch at the training ground.

And I know for a fact that there are plenty of boys at other clubs who love it too. You go on Twitter while Made In Chelsea is on and it’s full of professional rugby players commenting on Jamie’s behaviour or saying how Spencer needs to have a long look at himself!

At Leicester, there’s an interesting mix of ‘fans’. There’s the young lads who love it and openly admit it and then there is the married, older blokes who are forced to watch it by their wives.

They might have protested at first but they often have a comment to make when we are discussing what is going on.

If I am honest, I am a bit of a couch potato – a condition made worse by my knee injury last season. I can watch Sky Sports News for hours on end, I love watching football and I love Heineken Cup weekends when there seems to be wall-to-wall rugby.

But it’s the “reality” shows that are all the rage at the minute. I wonder what will be done next?

The Valleys is one of the latest shows of that type to come out. It’s absolutely dreadful with 10 of the most horrible people you could ever wish to meet living in an apartment in Cardiff.

I never miss an episode!


For an antidote to reality TV read more of Living Rugby blogs.

Feel the urge to watch reality? check out:

The Only Way Is Essex

Made In Chelsea

Geordie Shore

The Valleys

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