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Book of the week: Are you watching the match tonight? by Brian Barwick

Greg Dyke, chairman; David Davies, executive director; Brian Barwick, chief executive. The roster of senior appointments at the Football Association from among the ranks of television executives in recent years indicates just how influential  its on-screen presence, and the billions in earnings this generates, has become for the game.

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RFU to 'flog guts out' to heal Heineken Cup divide

The Rugby Football Union is not prepared to go to war with its own top-flight clubs in an effort to save the threatened Heineken Cup, but it is ready to explore every other available option in the search for a peace deal that might protect the tournament from the worst excesses of its own stakeholders. The price of failure will be heavy indeed. "It would open up a Pandora's Box for the game across the world," admitted Ian Ritchie, the Twickenham chief executive. No pressure, then.