Rugby follows the money into an uncertain future

Rugby follows the money into an uncertain future
CJ Stander of Munster: left South Africa to become an ‘Irishman’Getty

A tide of southern hemisphere players is moving north to European clubs awash with cash, but where does that leave us and the game itself?

It’s a big rugby weekend as the Europeans kick off. It’s our chance to see, in particular, what the French and English teams have to offer. Yesterday, Leinster faced a Montpellier team which has cost millions, paid for by its billionaire owner Mohed Altrad.

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