Peter Bills: No future for Magners if Italy left out - Kirwan
Preventing the inclusion of two Italian clubs in the Magners (Celtic) League from next season would only be the act of someone who doesn't care about rugby, a top ex-All Black said yesterday.
John Kirwan, who won 63 caps for New Zealand between 1984 and 1994, is one of the All Blacks' greatest wings. He also happens to be an ex-coach of Italy and understands rugby implicitly in that country.
Kirwan, now coach of Japan, offered complete support for the idea of Italian club inclusion, an issue with which Magners League officials are now wrestling. "I think if someone stops this, they don't really care about rugby. That's what I believe," he said.