Both Irish Rugby and Rugby Players Ireland have agreed to a payment deferral model for all members due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Irish Rugby, on behalf of all provinces, have partnered with the representative body of the players to 'move to protect the future of Irish Rugby,' according to IRFU CEO Philip Browne.
The deferrals are to be based on an equitable sliding scale which ranges from 10% – 50%. These changes will be effective from April onwards, and will continue until the resumption of professional tournament rugby.
The agreement will remain subject to constant review of finances from both the IRFU and all four provinces.
IRFU CEO Philip Browne has stated that these measures were imperative 'to protect the future of Irish Rugby... this arrangement will allow Irish Rugby the breathing space required in relation to cashflow that can ensure that when this crisis abates, we still have a business that can deliver for all those that play and love rugby.'
RPI CEO Simon Keogh echoed Browne's sentiments.
We recognise the need to work with the IRFU with respect to these payment deferrals in light of the current circumstances. All endeavours have been made to contact those affected on an individual basis. Our members appreciate that such moves are necessary in order to protect the future of the game in this country. The health and safety of the public is the priority at this time. We will continue to work with the IRFU as this situation develops.