And so the curtain has closed on another transfer deadline day. The highs, the lows, the nail-biting drama, the tens of millions of pounds spent by clubs in just a few short hours - it's everything that's wrong with top-level football.
England are right to exclude overseas-based players from the national team. It's no secret that the giants of the French Top 14 are prepared to splash some serious cash to snap up top players. Racing Metro and Toulon in particular let their chequebooks do the talking over the close season; the Parisian giants snapped up the likes of Dan Lydiate, Jamie Roberts and Jonny Sexton, while their south coast rivals added South Africa legend Bryan Habana and others to their already star-studded squad.
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BT has stepped up its battle against BSkyB by adding Premiership rugby to top flight football on its forthcoming sports channel
Newcastle Falcons have been saved from relegation from rugby's Aviva Premiership while London Welsh are denied their shot at the top flight because of rigid rules that favour the status quo. Is rugby union really as progressive as it thinks?