Well, I'd like to think that nobody would 'throw' a game... but, as has been demonstrated in the past, everyone has their price. I guess it's not inconceivable that some players could find the prospect of considerable financial gain appealing, especially if they're on the brink of retirement & have already achieved much in the game.
... & yes, it is bad news - very bad. *sigh*
but surely they wouldn't have thrown against Ireland after already losing to WI?