Sunday 19 November 2017

Rugby supporters deserve better

All through last week, most of Europe froze. The temperature rose as one moved west, but on Saturday evening the temperature in the hours of darkness was forecast at -10C in Paris and its environs. Cool enough for anyone.

More than cool enough for the thousands of Irish rugby fans who had travelled to the Stade de France to see their country's team meet France in the Six Nations championship and who waited for the excitement of the match to warm them.

It never happened. Fifteen minutes before the match was due to begin, the referee called it off. He judged the frozen pitch unplayable.

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