5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland Under-19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday week (December 14) has been announced.
One notable omission from the list was the Six Nations Rugby Championship.
Shortly after the announcement was made, the IRFU issued the following statement through Slattery PR.
The Irish Rugby Football Union, from the outset, has maintained that interference by the Government in the sports broadcasting market place may have a detrimental effect on the ability of sports organisations to fund their activity particularly in the context of the Irish sports broadcasting market.
Given that the Government has chosen to go down the route of listing sports events, the decision to place Ireland's Six Nations matches on a "deferred" list is the best that could be achieved by the IRFU in that it represents a reasonable balance between protecting the public interest and at the same time safe guarding the ability of the IRFU to finance its activities at all levels.
In addition, it is a similar listing to that applied to Six Nations matches in the UK.