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Irish pull-outs devalue SA tour

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Jonny Sexton (AFP)
Jonny Sexton (AFP)

Cape Town – It has become increasingly difficult to fill South African Test stadiums anyway … Ireland’s greatly diluted troops will make that even more of a challenge for SARU over the course of the three June home fixtures.

Mass Irish squad withdrawals through injury, including an unwelcome fresh wave this week, have damagingly sucked gravitas from their first visit to these shores since 2004.

If anything, the situation only emphasises the urgency of finding a long-overdue solution to the “north v south” impasse over Test and other first-class scheduling.

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