10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
"You're looking at a situation where there could be a huge hole in the budgets of the IRFU and we're part of the IRFU family, to a certain extent," added Dawson.
"A lot of our funding comes through that medium and if that happened I'm told it could take €10 or €12m out of the IRFU budget.
"They (Sky) are huge payers, but the real situation is that at the ERC and Six Nations tables the IRFU are able to punch their weight in terms of the game we play on the pitch and the game we play off the pitch.
"If you become a non-player in these negotiations because you're bringing nothing to the table and everything is free here, then your monies just dry up.
"You could fall off the table and your influence and power could diminish completely.
"Obviously the money is a serious factor out of all our budgets, so I would be worried if it happened and there will be representations made at a high level."
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