Friday 13 December 2019

Fallen giants show the danger of splashing cash

There is some heavy artillery still to return for Munster head coach Anthony Foley
There is some heavy artillery still to return for Munster head coach Anthony Foley
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

How the mighty can fall. If that's not the message then it should be for every professional rugby club everywhere. I am thinking specifically of a time not too long ago when Munster, Leicester and Toulouse ruled Ireland, England, France and between them Europe.

Go back further still and look to the likes of Northern Transvaal (now the Blue Bulls) in South Africa and Cardiff (now the Blues) in Wales and here too were superpowers never likely to lose that aura. But time stands still for no one, man, beast nor rugby club.

Just this weekend the Leicester Tigers shipped one almighty thumping from traditional rivals Bath 45-0 at the Rec while Toulouse in going under to Racing (27-16) created a record of the unwanted kind when losing four domestic league games in a row for the first time. Munster, by contrast, will be aiming for three wins on the spin when hosting the Ospreys in Limerick but I don't think it's stretching it to suggest Saturday's game looks set to make or break their season.

To be fair, there is some heavy artillery still to return for Anthony Foley but let no one be in any doubt of the danger whereby no team, no matter how great the history and tradition, is beyond losing its way.

Quite what satisfaction is to be gleaned from buying success is beyond my powers of comprehension. No doubt the good folk of Toulon and its environs will disagree, but enjoy your success while you have it and don't shout too loud too often Mr Boudjellal because for all the ranting and raving Toulon will be down there too one day.

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