Rugby salaries to remain below minimum wage; Tipperary’s roving style explained
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Glasgow Warriors and Leinster Rugby will go toe-to-toe in Saturday’s Pro14 final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
The salaries of the Men’s Sevens rugby players is to remain below minimum wage next year. Despite qualifying for the Men’s Sevens World Series, the IRFU insists on keeping the players on the same basic annual salary of €18,000 – less than someone on the minimum wage would earn over a year and a situation that threatens the squad staying together beyond this year. David Nucifora, the IRFU performance director, has set a target of at least reaching a first semi-final as the threshold for a good Rugby World Cup this year in Tokyo. Matt Williams writes that Leinster can look to Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle for a victory template for this weekend’s Pro14 final.
Jackie Tyrrell’s column this morning looks at Tipperary’s roving style and how it makes defending against them a nightmare: “So how does a team who seemed so stuck in a rut, lacking ideas and direction, one that was essentially playing with the handbrake on last year, how does that turn into this?” Read his column here. According to Antrim county chair Ciarán McCavana, elected at the end of last year, the saga of Casement Park’s redevelopment has played a role in hampering the county’s football and hurling teams since the project initially received planning permission.