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It is time we found out what rugby union ultimately wants to be | Robert Kitson

Clearly the game has not given up controversy for Lent but key decisions about its future need to be made

Easter week used to rank among the most convivial of the rugby union year. In more innocent times there would be end-of-season tours, not least by the Barbarians who would head to south Wales to play Penarth on Good Friday, Cardiff on the Saturday, Swansea on Easter Monday and Newport on Tuesday, with golf thrown in on Easter Sunday. The evenings were just as hectic; the great Haydn Mainwaring famously returned to the team’s base at the Esplanade Hotel in Penarth one night to find five sheep in the foyer.

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