Friday 9 December 2016

Kick-off clash harming clubs

Published 13/11/2010 | 05:00

How often in recent times have we heard the IRFU claim 'this is the year of the club'? All rhetoric and little substance, of course.

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Regularly we see professional games -- Heineken Cup and Magners League -- kicking off at the same time as All-Ireland League fixtures the length and breadth of the land.

Well today it goes a step further still, with a full programme of AIL fixtures -- and most kicking off at 2.30 -- precisely the same time as the Ireland v Samoa international.

I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies, given that kick-off times have been put back at Anglesea Road (Old Belvedere v Shannon) and Templeville Road (St Mary's v Garryowen) to 4.30 and 6.0 respectively.

Same country, same game, different planets!

Irish Independent

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