Monday 24 April 2017

O'Leary to decide this week

Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Munster scrumhalf Tomás O'Leary will not decide his rugby future until later this week, despite reports on French TV channel Canal Plus that he had already signed a two-year deal with Perpignan.

It is understood that both Perpignan and Munster have offered O'Leary two-year contracts, with the French putting more money on the table.

O'Leary, 28, will have to weigh up the benefits of more money in the short term, and a change of rugby culture, against the further distance it puts between him and an Ireland shirt. There is also the tax break to consider, in that he would lose out on two years that could have been claimed under the McCreevy deal, which benefits those sports stars who stay in this country.

O'Leary was left out of Ireland's World Cup squad last August, leaving him fourth choice behind Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss. He was also left out of the 2011 Six Nations squad only to be drafted in for the game against France, after which he picked up injuries that kept him out until the World Cup warm-ups.

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