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Dark clouds hover over Irish rugby as long as pay cut dispute lingers in the air

Cian Tracey



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Jacob Stockdale: Leading from front. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Jacob Stockdale: Leading from front. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Jacob Stockdale: Leading from front. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

If the return of glistening blue skies represents the more optimistic mood around the country's easing of lockdown restrictions, then the promise of thunderstorms to soon follow is a warning that we are not out of the woods just yet.

The same school of thought applies to the current rugby landscape as the feel-good vibes of seeing players return to training earlier this week have been dampened by the reminder that the simmering pay cut dispute between the IRFU and Rugby Players Ireland (RPI) is hovering like a dark rain cloud.

This should have been a week when Irish rugby focuses on the positives of taking the first small steps along to way to a resumption of some sort of normality.