Why Germany went from European rugby royalty to paupers

A dejected Raynor Parkinson of Germany looks on with a cut and bloodied face as Germany went down 29-10 to Canada in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Repechage match in Marseille, France, last week, effectively ending German World Cup hopes. Pic: Charlie Crowhurst/World Rugby via Getty

Last Saturday was a day a rugby dream died.

When the final whistle blew in the Rugby World Cup Qualifier between Canada and Germany, the dreams of Germany’s rugby players were left in tatters.

The 29-10 loss knocked them out of contention — and out of meaningful international rugby for the foreseeable future.

Over the last decade and more, the Germans had sought to establish themselves as a significant international team. They were bankrolled by the family who made their fortune from Capri-Sun soft drinks—– to the tune of some €20m.

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