Irish rugby agrees salary cuts

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union -

Irish rugby play­ers earn­ing more than €25,000 (£22,594) per year have agreed to a 10 per cent salary re­duc­tion for the se­cond half of 2020 as well as a 10 per cent de­fer­ral of their wages un­til 2021.

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Play­ers Ire­land (RPI) have been in talks for sev­eral weeks about pay and an agree­ment has fi­nally been reached.

The pe­riod will run from July 1 to Dec 31 this year, and five per cent of the de­fer­ment will be sub­ject to a ret­ro­spec­tive salary re­duc­tion pend­ing the on­go­ing im­pact of the pan­demic.

IRFU chief ex­ec­u­tive Philip Browne said: “Irish Rugby, like all sports or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses and so­ci­ety in gen­eral, has been se­verely im­pacted by the on­go­ing Covid-19 cri­sis. The IRFU, prov­inces and clubs re­main in a highly pre­car­i­ous fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, mak­ing it crit­i­cally im­por­tant that an agree­ment was reached.”

Si­mon Keogh, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the RPI, added: “Aware of the sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges fac­ing not just rugby but the coun­try, we be­lieve the agree­ment reached is re­flec­tive of our shared am­bi­tion to see rugby at all lev­els con­tinue to thrive.”

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