Testing times for rugby's patrons
Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00
In his typically excellent piece, 'Boks schedule from hell to kill the golden goose' (Irish Independent, March 4), Peter Bills exposes the potentially disastrous effect that creeping greed within South Africa's rugby union will have on the well-being, longevity, quality and performance of the world champions, the Springboks.
The South African example tells Irish rugby that we should not kill our own golden goose, by forcing our top professional players to play an abusive quantity of Test matches.
My answer to this temptation is that the Irish Rugby Football Union must focus on quality, not quantity, of fixtures.