Connacht and Ireland out-half Jack Carty believes the IRFU made the best of a bad situation by implementing pay deferrals for the duration of the current crisis.

Last Friday, the union announced that all of their more than 500 staff would be taking a temporary pay cut on a tiered basis that hits their highest earners hardest.

Chief executive Philip Browne has described the situation as a major cash-flow issue, saying the union are "burning up cash" as they wait for play to resume when Government restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted.

The IRFU and other governing bodies remain in the dark about a return date and while it is hoped games can be played in July, there are fears the crisis could go on much longer with Browne warning that anything beyond September could threaten the IRFU's existence.

Given that scenario, Carty told the Irish Independent he welcomed the move that was designed to maintain jobs.


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