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Here's a promise - no more rugby contract talk on our programme

Ger Gilroy

Published 22/01/2014 | 02:30

Talk of Sean O'Brien going to France is no more - much to Leinster fans' relief
Talk of Sean O'Brien going to France is no more - much to Leinster fans' relief

Everyone's a winner. That's the mantra coming down after central IRFU deals were done for Sean O'Brien, Paul O'Connell, Keith Earls and a few more recently. Generally it's true - we're all delighted our best players will, on the whole, be staying. But do spare a thought for the hours we've all lost talking about the intricacies of contract discussions.

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So, here's a promise - no more rugby contract talk on Off The Ball. In future we'll acknowledge when a deal is done or even on the odd occasion that someone does decide to live in France on big wages.

Getting sucked into the 'will he, won't he' saga of tedium is ultimately worthless. It cheapens us all and wastes time when we could be discovering new things, or talking about the game itself.

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