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Overseas Player Policy Places IRFU In Legal Minefield - Sunday Independent

22 January 2012
Category: Legal Articles

Below is an article featured in the Sunday Independent which was written by Niall Collins, Senior Associate, EU, Competition & Antitrust, Mason Hayes & Curran with contribution from Ronnie Neville, Partner, Employment Law & Benefits at Mason Hayes & Curran. 

Sunday Independent, January 22 2012

Players unhappy with the new IRFU limits could well have the law on their side, writes Niall Collins.

During Christmas week, the IRFU announced changes to the way it will manage the contracts of non-Irish eligible (NIE) players from 2013. Currently, the provinces can sign six foreign players, one of whom must be capable of being Irish-qualified in the future.

Now, the IRFU wants to impose a limit of one NIE player in each position across the provinces of Leinster, Munster and Ulster. For example, if Munster has an Australian tighthead, then Leinster and Ulster must have an Irish one.

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