Friday 24 November 2017

IRFU pledge €1m to help out Connacht

Pat Lam, Connacht head coach
Pat Lam, Connacht head coach

THE IRFU have confirmed that they will contribute an additional €1m to Connacht next season in a move that is likely to prove unpopular in the other provinces.

While Pat Lam's playing budget has not been increased, the money is being used to deal with existing financial issues as well as improving the facilities and resources.

Part of that is the recruitment of a new head of fitness at Connacht in Paul Bunce, who was appointed yesterday after working with the Scottish Sevens team.

TIME DOUBLED FOR DOCTORS TO ASSESS HEAD INJURIES

DOCTORS will have more time to make a call on concussed players during matches after the IRB announced it is to continue its pitch-side assessment trial.

Medics currently have five minutes to make a call on a player's ability to continue, but this will be doubled to 10 minutes, while the memory tests will be strengthened and the balance tests altered.

Saturday's Pro12 semi-final saw three players leave the field with head injuries. According to a study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the board asserted that the number of concussed players returning to play had been reduced from 56pc to 13pc.

BROADCASTERS IN SPONSORSHIP BATTLE

BT SPORT have announced a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with the four Welsh regions.

The broadcaster's name will now be emblazoned on the jerseys of the Ospreys, the Scarlets and the Dragons.

While the Cardiff Blues will continue with their existing sponsors, their stadium will be renamed the BT Sports Cardiff Arms Park.

The move is unlikely to be popular with Sky, who take over the broadcast rights of the Pro12 next season.

Both broadcasters will show the new Rugby Champions Cup next season.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines are expected to be confirmed as the league's new sponsors in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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