Saturday 23 September 2017

Hugh Farrelly: Rugby can't survive €12m mauling from free-TV plan

Hugh Farrelly

A MAN walks into a psychiatrist's office, stands in the centre of the floor and drops his trousers to reveal a lower torso clad in nothing but cling-film.

"Doctor, what's wrong with me?" he asks. The psychiatrist looks up, reviews the situation slowly and replies: "I can't say for certain, but I can clearly see you're nuts."

The top table at yesterday's Irish rugby briefing contained no psychiatrists but there were enough serious thinkers to register their utter bewilderment at Communications Minister Eamon Ryan's preposterous proposal for free-to-air coverage of Six Nations and Heineken Cup matches.

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