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Tew hits back at English club rugby boss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/08/2016

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew has told the chief executive of English Premiership Rugby to mind his own business after he criticised the scheduling of next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

The touring team are due to depart for New Zealand before the Premiership and PRO12 finals, with the first match taking place on the same weekend as the Top 14 final in France.

Toulon's Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny could be double-booked as a result.

Premiership boss Mark McCafferty said the dates of the 10-match tour were unsustainable so soon after domestic European campaigns.

He questioned why 10 matches were necessary when the majority of revenue was supposedly earned from the three Tests against the All Blacks.

"It is a punishing schedule and I do not know why it was signed up to," McCafferty said in the Observer.

"Ten games over that period is a lot and there will be difficulty for players coming off that tour going into the 2017/18 Premiership."

Tew recommended McCafferty move his own competition's scheduling if he was concerned by overexertion.

"He's got his view and he's entitled to it," Tew said on Monday.

"We could suggest their competition runs a tad long too for player welfare reasons.

"But we can stick to our business and he can stick to his."

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