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Compromise reached: IRFU chief Philip Browne had been pushing for 20% cuts, but a deal has finally been reached with playing staff

Compromise reached: IRFU chief Philip Browne had been pushing for 20% cuts, but a deal has finally been reached with playing staff

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Compromise reached: IRFU chief Philip Browne had been pushing for 20% cuts, but a deal has finally been reached with playing staff

Peace in our time. After a month of fraught pay negotiations that threatened Irish rugby's delicate eco-system, the players and the IRFU finally reached agreement that will carry the game here through until the end of 2020.

When the two parties next meet to discuss the union's wage bill, it is hoped that the game will be back up and running with some level of normality and that income will again be flowing.

Chief executive Philip Browne has been consistent in his messaging, reiterating time and again that revenues fell off a cliff in late February when rugby ground to a standstill as a result of Covid-19.