As belts proceed to tighten in rugby and the game feels the monetary squeeze of the coronavirus disaster, Eire’s skilled rugby gamers could be set for a 20 per cent pay cut as the IRFU look to make an estimated saving of €13 million. The pay reduce applies to all IRFU workers, who can even be shifting to a four-day week. And in his column this morning, Gerry Thornley suggests it is unreasonable to subject players to the same cut – particularly when their working hours received’t be diminished. He writes: “Even for gamers on provincial contracts starting from, say, €100,000 to €200,000, it’s a shortfall of €20,000 to €40,000 per 12 months. Moreover, these losses are within the context of knowledgeable taking part in profession which could, if they’re fortunate, final 10 and even 15 years at an excessive push. These usually are not jobs for all times. They’re additionally quick, extremely attritional jobs which, within the overwhelming majority of instances, don’t have any tangible profit for the careers in the actual world which take up most of their grownup working lives.”
The Premier League returns behind closed doorways tomorrow night time, with Aston Villa welcoming Sheffield United to Villa Park (6pm, Sky Sports activities) earlier than Arsenal tackle Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad (8.15pm, Sky Sports activities). And Villa boss Dean Smith has said he fully supports defender Tyrone Mings for attending a Black Lives Matter march in Birmingham. He stated: “There have been questions whether or not he requested for permission – he doesn’t must ask me for permission to go and rise up for one thing he believes in.” In the meantime forward of the restart we’ve got previewed the prospects of each group, their lockdown losers and heroes and their hopes for the run-in. You can read that here.
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