Ireland's provincial rugby teams were taken by surprise this week when Premiership Rugby, the governing body of top-level club rugby in England, and it's French counterpart, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), reaffirmed their commitment to press ahead with plans to leave the Heineken Cup.
At the heart of the dispute is a desire from both bodies to have a greater slice of control and TV money from the deal. The battle here, however, goes...
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