Losing Italy would help welfare for top players


Inspiration: Jake Polledri has been outstanding for Italy
PICTURE: Getty Images

IN many ways I feel for Italian rugby. I understand the pain they must feel as a nation that loves Rugby Union, but does not truly understand or know it in the way that it is known in leading rugby nations around the world, such as England, Wales, France, New Zealand and South Africa, where it is part of sporting culture.
It makes it difficult to establish a wide enough playing base when the game is not played very much in schools or in a club network that is established thr...

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