Football’s Premiership seems to be trying to revive the notion of playing an extra league fixture in faraway lands..Burnley v Stoke in Bangkok anyone?
Rugby seems to have caught the same bug. There is talk of the Aviva Premiership and the Six Nations taking a game to the United States. Blame the All Blacks who drew a 61,000 crowd to watch them play the US Eagles in Chicago.
Once again it shows the disconnect between those who run the game and those who watch it. The first Six Nations match next year is a Friday evening kick-off in Cardiff. I can tell you from bitter experience that the road into the Welsh capital from the London end turns into a car park every Friday, regardless of what might be happening at the Millennium Stadium.
How far is the game prepared to bow to the demands of television? I think we know that the answer to that is “how far would you like us to?”
But what justification is there for taking a game to a country thousands of miles away where rugby’s footprint would not even show up in the sand?