It's not a big semantic step from last season's Guinness PRO12, but in terms of the indication of ambition from the management behind the championship, it's big enough, at least for now.
Italy was the first step beyond the confines of the original Celtic League, which brought together the four provinces of Ireland with their rugby counterparts from Scotland and Wales.
It is an expansion which has been long in the planning and will likely...
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