Saturday February 29, 2020

Survival of the fittest

Irish rugby is at the top of its game in popularity terms, but the future is fraught with perils.

15th August, 2015
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Jonathan Sexton of Ireland is tackled by France’s Mathieu Bastareaud: the future of Irish rugby looks rich but uncertain.

Has there been a more exciting moment in the long history of Irish rugby? In a few weeks’ time, Ireland go to the Rugby World Cup as back-to-back Six Nations champions and ranked number two in the world. If one pauses for a moment to survey this achievement, given our limited playing numbers and our equally limited financial resources, this is a truly remarkable position to be in.

There is also the added prospect...

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