Tuesday July 14, 2020

Rugby faces two massive threats

As the Six Nations flirts with the spectre of pay TV, the long-term future for a sport beset by surging salaries and worsening injuries is deeply uncertain

1st February, 2015
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Will the Six Nations soon end up on a pay-TV channel? Picture: Getty

This Friday night, the 2015 RBS Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off in Cardiff when Wales host England. The following day, Ireland, the current champions, play Italy in Rome. As for me, I will be anchoring my 18th tournament on RTE television.

As always, rugby football’s most successful and most globally watched tournament is a landmark moment in sporting and television terms. Last year, the most watched sports programme of the year on RTE was the...

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