Thursday 23 November 2017

Rumours of Ross departure from Leinster 'wide of mark'

David Kelly

David Kelly

Speculation that Mike Ross is in line for a move to either Munster or France are "wide of the mark" according to those close to the player.

The Ireland and Leinster prop (32) has reportedly reached a breakdown in contract negotiations with his IRFU employers. But, as initial contact was only made recently, it is unlikely such a conflict would have arisen at this early stage.

Ross, whose current two-year deal expires at the end of this season, signed his last deal in March 2011 and a similar time-frame is likely this time around.

"The IRFU has a policy of not discussing the individual contracts of players or commenting on contract negotiations," said an IRFU spokesman.

Ross has been a mainstay of the Irish scrum since belatedly making his debut in 2010. The recruitment of Michael Bent in controversial circumstances has heightened the competition for Ross' position and Ireland coach Declan Kidney was critical of the Corkman's display in the recent defeat to South Africa.

However, it's unlikely Ireland would discard a player deemed indispensable just a few months ago. "Mike is very much part of our plans," added the IRFU source.

Irish Independent

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