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It’s just no fair, old sport: players are human too and deserve ...


It’s just no fair, old sport: players are human too and deserve to be heard

As decisions are made about cancelling events or not, the feelings of the actual sportspeople should be respected

Gavin Rich

It has been hard in the past week week to escape the feeling that everything written about rugby will come across as too trivial compared to the big talking point in the world right now.

If you look hard enough you will find things to pick apart. Before the coronavirus arrived to bring some perspective, rugby, like all professional sports, could at times be written about with enough gravitas to suggest it was a matter of life and death. Which of course it isn’t. Being dramatic, like being overanalytical, almost defines the craft.

Right now, though, being like that seems small-minded and you can almost hear your readers saying “get a life”. But while sport may not be your life, it is your livelihood as a sportswriter, and even more so for the participants...

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