Nucifora: I didn't block Munster's move for Stephen Moore, he turned down their offer
IRFU performance director David Nucifora has refuted reports that he blocked a proposed move for Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore to Munster, saying that he permitted them to offer him a contract that was turned down.
The Australia captain has since signed a four-year deal with the ARU, but was believed to have been favourable to a move to the Irish province.
"The buck stops with me," he said of overseas signings. "Look, Munster came to us with Stephen and said 'this is what we'd like to put forward'. There's a whole range of things that we think about that go into these decisions.
"So, having a player that's still eligible to play international rugby that's going to cost a province a lot of money, is that the best use of the funds available, where he's going to be missing for a large portion of the season? Probably not.
"It'd be nice to have him but it'd be nice to have him for the whole year.
"It wasn't blocked. There probably was an offer made to Moore. It just wasn't accepted."
Meanwhile, the union and Leinster were boosted by news that Sean O'Brien has signed a new three-year deal, but the scale of the challenging market was emphasised by the fact the province were out-bid for Ben Te'o, who will double his salary to €500,000 by moving to Worcester Warriors.