Thursday 8 December 2016

The power of money

With Europe at a crossroads, Vincent Hogan poses the question as to who exactly owns rugby in the northern hemisphere

Published 11/10/2013 | 06:38

Jonny Sexton
Jonny Sexton

If this is to be the final Heineken Cup, will it be a good, belligerent send-off, salted with all the sour self-interests so embedded in Europe's hopelessly dysfunctional rugby family?

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Or will the corpse just reach out of the casket again, re-assuring those assembled that any rumour of a funeral was just the scabrous work of media loons bearing crayons?

The tournament has always been a fidgety alliance and its 19th episode should, whatever next season might unwrap, prove no exception to that rule. As an explanatory snapshot of the philosophical differences currently threatening to sunder European rugby, just take yourself back to the '05 final at Murrayfield.

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