Allow the club game to wither at your peril — and here’s why...

Cork Constitution’s Sean French celebrates scoring a try in the All-Ireland League Division 1A semi-final win over Trinity at Temple Hill. Picture: Ryan Byrne

Regular readers will be familiar with my views on the club game in this country and the role it can still play for professional players at either end of the rugby spectrum.

Leinster’s world class academy continues to benefit hugely from working in tandem with the 19 ‘A’ schools participating in their competitions annually. 

The quality of talent emerging from that source is astonishing, with the top schoolboys ready to step into the professional game far quicker than ever before.

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