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Leinster ticket decision shows true extent of rugby's issues

Ruaidhri O'Connor


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Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson says the decision to cancel season tickets was “very difficult” but necessary. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson says the decision to cancel season tickets was “very difficult” but necessary. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson says the decision to cancel season tickets was “very difficult” but necessary. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Above all, there was one line in Leinster's lengthy statement confirming their decision to cancel sales of 2020/'21 season tickets that stood out.

"With social distancing now likely to remain a part of sporting and other spectator events for some time to come... it was not feasible to accommodate over 12,800 season ticket holders for next season in the RDS," it read.

With one line, the province burst whatever bubble of optimism the IRFU's announcement of a return to play on Friday generated.