This week we talk to Michael Aylwin, rugby union correspondent of the ‘Guardian’ and the author of a new book, ‘Unholy Union: When Rugby Collided With The Modern World’. It’s a ‘state of the nation’ review of the problems and challenges facing rugby union today, almost 25 years since the sport took the momentous decision to go professional. Is its future conditioned by its amateur past, or can it become a purely commercial entertainment? For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and take a look at

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