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
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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Many of us have achieved a new life balance that might just be the real ‘new normal’

Sharyn McAndrew | 1 month ago

Property firms such as QRE are dealing with the coronavirus lockdown by trying to maintain some normality in their day-to-day business

Conor Whelan | 2 months ago

Hardline opposition to EU solidarity in funding the cost of Covid-19 is driven by German allergy to ‘imprudent’ spending, and by Dutch politicians fearing the transfer of funds to southern countries would provoke a far-right backlash

Barry J Whyte | 3 months ago