Wednesday November 25, 2020

Joy of Six could come with a price

Almost a decade ago, the Heineken Cup left free-to-air television for good. Now the prospect facing rugby fans is that the Six Nations could be next

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

22nd April, 2015
Paul O'Connell lifts the RBS 6 Nations trophy in Murrayfield after Ireland beat Scotland to win the championship outright. Picture: Inpho

On the day that the last live Heineken Cup match was screened free-to-air on RTE – the 2006 Heineken Cup pool match between Munster and Sale Sharks – George Hook sat in the television commentary box in Thomond Park wearing a black armband.

“The European Rugby Cup has sold Ireland’s rugby heritage to people who can afford to pay for it. Only those who can afford to pay can now watch this,” he told RTE’s viewers....

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