Business of Sport
Ewan MacKenna: Ireland may have united behind the rugby team, but the game remains a preserve of the well-off.
All week, in parts of Ireland that barely know rugby, kids that previously thought number 13 was for a corner-forward or substitute will have picked up their ball, run and imagined they were Brian O'Driscoll. But are they wasting their time? The Irish rugby team may have achieved something that will inspire a generation. But success in rugby is still based on where a child is from and on what his parents earn. Those in charge of Irish rugby haven't given many of the kids out playing on the road last weekend a path to the top.
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