Is Ireland's Heineken Cup about to run dry?
Can the IRFU defend the Irish game from the very real threat to our Heineken Cup set-up posed by a new and deep-pocketed rival contest, asks Tom McGurk.
Almost from the beginning of the professional rugby union era - which kicked off in August 1995 - there has been serious concern about the long-term health of Irish rugby. The risks were obvious: the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) was a small rugby union with limited playing and financial resources. How would it survive the opening of the financial floodgates that had overwhelmed and utterly changed other sports that had gone professional? Would it...
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