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Munster will return to training next week

Munster will return to training next week

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Munster will return to training next week

The IRFU and players representatives will meet again next week as talks on potential pay cuts continue.

Officials met with Rugby Players Ireland on Wednesday after a weekend that saw the players union express its "disappointment" at reports indicating the IRFU is seeking a salary cut of 20 per cent.

The players are currently on a pay-deferral scheme, which has seen their income reduced temporarily by between 10 and 50 per cent, but that deal will end on June 30.

Last week, the IRFU informed non-playing staff of its intention to move to a four-day week in an attempt to limit the financial damage of the Covid-19 shutdown, and it wants to achieve a similar reduction wih the players.

Although the four provinces will return to training in the next 10 days ahead of rugby's planned resumption on August 22, the IRFU is dealing with a difficult financial situation after having its revenue streams cut by the pandemic.

"The IRFU and Rugby Players Ireland jointly confirm that representatives of the two organisations met on Wednesday to discuss the financial implications of Covid-19," a statement read. "This was the latest discussion in an on-going dialogue between the two organisations, which has increased since the impact of Covid-19 became clear in early March. No decisions were made and the two groups will meet again next week."

Meanwhile, the PRO14 final has been fixed for September 12 with next season provisionally set to kick off on October 2. European places will be decided based on the current table.

Irish Independent