The Financial Challenges Facing Irish Rugby

O’Brien recently delighted Leinster fans and his cattle with the news he would commit to the province, and his farm

It has been a welcome few weeks for Irish rugby with the announcement that O’Brien, Heaslip, O’Connell and Earls have all committed there medium to long term futures to their provinces. While the latter two were realistically never going anywhere there was genuine surprise that the IRFU were able to hold on to both O’Brien and Heaslip. Both made it clear from the outset that they wanted to stay but as is the general theme in European rugby these days, money was the underlying concern. Coming off the back of other player contract renewals including Conor Murray announced before Christmas, it has been a busy few months.Read More »