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Sunday 20 April 2014

Tony Ward: Light at the end of European tunnel

IF -- and it's a big 'if', I know -- the English and French were to accept the Pro12 proposal for a 32-team premier European event as opposed to their preference for a 20-club competition, then a light could appear at the end of a depressingly dark tunnel beyond 2014.

The 'guaranteed qualification' issue will still have to be addressed, a major hurdle to be overcome, and one hardly helped by the dismal performances of the Italians, Scots and, to a slightly lesser extent, the Welsh, in the recently completed opening rounds.

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