Top 14 – Huge Increase in Income likely (IT)

In addition to this the Top 14 clubs’ umbrella group, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, have placed their next television deal for tender.

With beIN Sports entering the French market place as a rival to Canal+, it is estimated that Top 14 could treble or even quadruple their existing deal, which is worth €30 million per annum .

As the Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson told The Irish Times last Saturday: “You’re not going to be able to match them euro for euro, that’s the bottom line, and with their new television deal, the French clubs can put themselves into a different sphere from everyone else.”