Wednesday October 21, 2020

Rugby follows the money into an uncertain future

A tide of southern hemisphere players is moving north to European clubs awash with cash, but where does that leave us and the game itself?

15th October, 2017
CJ Stander of Munster: left South Africa to become an ‘Irishman’Getty

It’s a big rugby weekend as the Europeans kick off. It’s our chance to see, in particular, what the French and English teams have to offer. Yesterday, Leinster faced a Montpellier team which has cost millions, paid for by its billionaire owner Mohed Altrad.

His is a fascinating life story. Syrian-born in the desert to Bedouin shepherd parents, his mother died when he was a child and he was given away...

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