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Brendan Fanning


The club game is in dire need of being totally re-imagined

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Cork Constitution celebrate after winning the All-Ireland League Division 1 final last year. Whenever it kicks off again the competition needs a new shape and impetus. Photo:  Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Cork Constitution celebrate after winning the All-Ireland League Division 1 final last year. Whenever it kicks off again the competition needs a new shape and impetus. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Cork Constitution celebrate after winning the All-Ireland League Division 1 final last year. Whenever it kicks off again the competition needs a new shape and impetus. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

A few years ago in the lower tiers of Lancashire rugby, a new term gained popular currency on the circuit: Cumbrialitis.

Although not to be found in modern urban dictionaries, it was widely understood as a reluctance to go to Cumbria, its immediate neighbour to the north. Specifically, it was a reluctance to cross the border on match days.


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