Over at Slugger O’Toole, what should have been a normal thread about Ireland’s demise in the RWC, has been dragged way off track by a coterie of über-unionists, who think that there should be a separate Northern Ireland international rugby team. They seem to be a little confused, and are of the opinion that this side could simultaneously play in an expanded Seven Nations and also contest the Magners League and the Heineken Cup. Or something. I admit that I lost the run of their thinking early on.
In an attempt to dispel this nonsense, Slugger’s regular rugby correspondent Michael Robinson, raised a viewpoint about Argentina, and why they haven’t heretofore been admitted to either of the major annual international competitions. (Comment No.6 on the 5th page of comments.)
N Ireland in a “7 nations” is laughable. None of the other 6 nations would want NI as it brings nothing to the competition.
Why do you think Argentina isn’t in the 3 nations or 6 nations? It isn’t because the team isn’t good enough. It is because they haven’t brought any money to the table and the other countries aren’t prepared to see a reduction of their revenue from the tournaments without a corresponding plan from Argentina showing how they will contribute money. The amateur and commercially inept Argentinian rugby union haven’t been able to do this.
I’d like to hear some more opinions on that, particularly from our Argentinian readership.