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World Rugby funds and a profit-share from the November series could be a life raft in uncertain waters

Brendan Fanning


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Ireland's tour to Australia has been postponed

Ireland's tour to Australia has been postponed

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Ireland's tour to Australia has been postponed

Imagine a scenario where you are a publisher, pitched the following story of a rugby season: a World Cup, the first in Asia, where local weather costs 74 people their lives and blows three games off course, causing wholesale controversy about the wisdom of having the tournament there at that time of year.

It is followed soon after by England and Europe's champion club being financially hobbled for cheating, and then chucked into that country's Championship, their second division.

For good measure the (English) RFU follows up soon after by tearing the backside out of their funding of that competition, rendering it more paddling pool that backwater.