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Schools trips abroad send bad message

THERE are some very busy and exciting rugby times ahead as the schools competitions loom large.

I am a big supporter of schools rugby, but there are certain aspects that disappoint.

My dislike of energy supplements of any description is pretty well established.

And while nowhere near as damaging, the recent trend for some schools to undertake warm-weather training is something we could well do without.

A trip to Portugal is no more beneficial than a weekend in the wild and windy surrounds of any Irish county.

The game could do without this type of extraordinarily insensitive elitism -- particularly in these exceptionally tough economic times.

Can we please put an end to this misplaced and unnecessary extravagance now? It sends out a completely wrong message.

Irish Independent