The Rugby Paper: French cash crisis and JIFF rule should halt Racing’s bid for Itoje

p24-itoje-800x533My ‘why Itoje to Racing is nonsense piece for TRP was written – obviously – after it was reported that Racing 92 were in the running for Maro Itoje’s signature, but before – equally obviously – it was reported that he was staying at Saracens, after all.

It’s just taken me this long to post it here…

It was, basically, a question of fag packet maths (nb: I don’t smoke) – which was also the basis of my non-belief of rumours surrounding Pieter-Steph du Toit and Montpellier. They’re not going away, but that’s a whole other story…

For some time, French rugby has been seriously reconsidering its place as a Land of Milk and Honey for overseas players. Now, the pandemic has focused the minds of presidents further – it’s time to consider the Galactico days as good as over.

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