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Playing behind closed doors a necessary evil to get back on track

Cian Tracey



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Leo Cullen is on board with the idea, as a potential last resort.. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Leo Cullen is on board with the idea, as a potential last resort.. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Leo Cullen is on board with the idea, as a potential last resort.. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sport is nothing without its supporters and the atmosphere they generate, but in these desperate times we are getting closer to the point of needing desperate measures.

Players, supporters, TV companies, bean counters - no one wants to see games played behind closed doors, yet if we are to see any sport for the remainder of the year, then that is increasingly becoming the only valid option.

Rugby faces several hurdles if it is to get anywhere near that point, not least because the sport is predicated on physical contact and 16 players packing down in a scrum isn't exactly the most logical way to help stop the spread of Covid-19.