About bloody time. In marketing speak, these tours devalue the International Rugby brand. Hats off to Ireland and England this year though.
THE contentious issue of northern hemisphere nations sending weak teams Down Under is set to come to a head at a SANZAR CEOs meeting amid threats that France may be told to stay home next June.
The French are expected to continue the contemptuous attitude of European countries to the game internationally by touring Australia and New Zealand next year with a second-string squad.
An angry New Zealand Rugby Union has set the tone by indicating it is considering scrapping the 2009 French tour of the Shaky Isles.
And ARU CEO John O’Neill backed the New Zealanders’ strong stance.