With an average of 13 internationals now scheduled in a single season, it’s clear that some tests rank higher than others, writes Donal Lenihan
Last Saturday’s November series opener against Italy in Chicago was as much about adding to the coffers of the IRFU — estimates range between €250,000 and €500,000 — as offering more game time and international experience to a number of players on the fringe of the full national side in advance of next season’s World Cup in Japan.
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