Saturday 17 August 2019

Revealed: The nine Irish stars whose contracts expire in 2018

Tadhg Furlong (left), CJ Stander (centre) and Garry Ringrose (right).
Tadhg Furlong (left), CJ Stander (centre) and Garry Ringrose (right).
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

After losing Simon Zebo to Racing 92, here are nine other Ireland stars whose contracts expire at the end of the current season.

The IRFU and the provinces will be doing all they can to hold onto these key internationals.

Rory Best

Still the Ireland captain and highly unlikely to move at this stage of his career.

Tommy Bowe

Highly unlikely to retain his IRFU deal, so Ulster contract or move may be best bet unless he fancies one last pay-day abroad.

Iain Henderson

In talks with clubs from France and England, considered a low flight risk with central contract almost guaranteed.

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Jared Payne

Hard to justify another central contract given his age and injury profiles, yet Joe Schmidt remains a big fan.

Tadhg Furlong

One of the key deals for David Nucifora to lock down. Could command fortunes on the open market.

Rob Kearney

If he’s ever going to move, now is the time but retains the No 15 shirt and has an array of local commercial interests.

Garry Ringrose

Only being offered an initial Leinster deal, but at this stage of his career is considered a low flight risk.

Peter O’Mahony

The heart and soul of Munster, he’s attracting big interest from abroad. If IRFU can match his value, then he’ll stay.

CJ Stander

All quiet around the Ireland No 8 but is likely to be attracting some of the same attention as O’Mahony. Much will depend on whether he’s offered a national deal.

And the wild geese who flew

Donnacha Ryan

Stunned Munster fans by leaving for Racing 92 at the end of last season. Yet to play a game in France due to injury.

Simon Zebo

Off to Racing at the end of the season after they blew Munster’s offer out of the water.

Ian Madigan

Signed for Bordeaux-Begles but only lasted a season. Now at Championship Bristol.

Marty Moore

In his second season in England, but on his way back to Ulster next season after struggling to break into the Wasps side.

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