Tuesday 23 January 2018

More players will leave due to gap in pay in Irish rugby

Peter O'Mahony
Peter O'Mahony

David Wallace

Peter O'Mahony's future at Munster has come under the microscope and it's not the first or last time something like this will happen in Irish rugby, writes David Wallace.

I just hope that these players can be enticed to stay at the provinces, but I understand why they would go. Money is one of the major contributory factors when it comes to players' careers.

The money that is available in France and England is causing a gap to develop between them and the PRO14 and the chances are it's only going to get wider. 

There has always been a bit of a gap but you would fear it will become so wide that it will take more established players away from the Irish system.

However, money is only one factor, and the IRFU do an excellent job in offering player management and welfare that other systems won't give and the players are well rested and prepared here.

It's still going to be a hard task to keep everyone here. You see Simon Zebo going, and Joe Schmidt ruled him out of the international set-up as a result, because there have to be penalties to slow down the exodus. 

Having the main international players at home in Ireland is what has held Irish rugby together for so long, hopefully this isn't the beginning of the end.



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