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Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

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Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

London Irish have become the latest Premiership club to implement a 25pc salary reduction for its staff, players and coaches.

The news comes as clubs and unions across the board attempt to lessen the impact caused by the continued spread of Covid-19.

London Irish, who are owned by Cavan native Mick Crossan, have a strong Irish presence at the club with head coach Declan Kidney assisted by Les Kiss, while internationals Sean O'Brien and Paddy Jackson, as well as former Leinster duo Conor Gilsenan and Brendan Macken are also on the books.

As the IRFU have done with their cost cutting measures, London Irish have put a threshold in place in order to ensure that employees earning a certain amount are unaffected.

O'Brien joined Irish from Leinster last summer for a handsome salary, while Jackson is also understood to be one of the club's higher earners.

O'Brien only recently recovered from a serious hip injury to make his debut for his new side before the coronavirus put a halt to the start of his new chapter.

Jackson is also in his first season with the club since joining from Perpignan last year.

"No-one knows for certain when we will return to normality and having taken all factors into account, the club has taken the difficult decision to reduce salaries of staff, players and coaches by 25pc," London Irish CEO Brian Facer wrote in a statement.

"These salary reductions will come into effect from 1 April 2020, although a threshold has been placed to ensure employees earning below a certain amount are unaffected.

"We have deliberated long and hard about this and our first thoughts was always on the well-being and mental and physical health of all our staff.

"I would like to commend them for their understanding in putting the club before themselves, they are all a credit to our organisation."

London Irish are currently in eighth place of the Premiership table and will hope to mount a late end-of-season push for a play-off spot, should the league get back underway in the coming weeks.

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