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Incredible Rumour Could Have Major Ramifications For Irish And European Rugby

Incredible Rumour Could Have Major Ramifications For Irish And European Rugby

After all the turmoil of 2013-14, we could be in for another fraught period in European club rugby.

A very arresting tweet from Brian Moore caught the eye today. The former England hooker says that he has heard rumours that Bath owner Bruce Craig is in Ireland and is discussing the possibility that his club jump ship to the Pro12.

Brian Moore tweeted and later deleted:

Unconfirmed but well sourced rumour Bruce Craig in Ireland discussing breakaway for Bath to pro12 if PRL don't stop clubs making statements

Tom McCormack, the communications manager at the Pro12, has said that they are holding no discussions with Bruce Craig about this or anything else.

The Premiership confirmed last week that two clubs were being investigated for breaching the league salary cap. In the wake of this announcement, several clubs, including Sale and Wasps, have come out and declared that they are not currently under investigation.

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Bath have not done so. Their owner Bruce Craig is apparently dismayed at the failure of the league to stop clubs making statements. 

Bath have long opposed the salary cap and called for it to be scrapped as recently as May.

UPDATE: Moore has sent a tweet saying he has discovered that the rumour was unfounded.

According to the Daily Mail rugby correspondent Chris Foy, Craig envisions a European Super League at some point in the future.

Read more: Ranking Ireland's Rugby World Cup Campaigns From 'Horrific' To 'Heroic Defeat'

Conor Neville
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