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Long-ignored All Ireland League could be vehicle for rebooting Irish rugby

Ruaidhri O'Connor



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Progression: Conor Murray showing early promise for Garryowen in 2009.

Progression: Conor Murray showing early promise for Garryowen in 2009.

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Guy Easterby. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Guy Easterby. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Progression: Conor Murray showing early promise for Garryowen in 2009.

Nostalgia is the first recourse of a sports writer with no live action to cover. Over the last couple of weeks we've been inundated with in-depth look-back features to fill the gap left by the games we love, while broadcasters have taken to the archives to fill the void.

No one knows when sport might return. There is a growing sense that the whole year may be a write-off, that fears of a second wave of infection will mean large gatherings of people will be impossible until a vaccine is found.

The longer this goes on, the more damaging it will be. Across the globe, clubs and unions are implementing wage cuts and deferrals. Whenever rugby returns, playing squads will be smaller and budgets will be slashed.