Irish RFU limits non-Irish players: 6+5 all over again?

Published 26 April 2013 By: Cormac WIlde

Ronan O'Gara Munster

The recent well publicised contract negotiations between Munster and South African national BJ Botha regarding an extension to his contract with the province have again focused the spotlight on the Irish Rugby Football Union’s (‘IRFU’) controversial Player Succession Strategy and its potential infringement of both EU and domestic Irish law. This article examines the new strategy from the perspective of Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (hereinafter “TFEU”)1 and its likely infringement of the provisions pertaining to it.


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Cormac WIlde

Cormac WIlde

Cormac Wilde is an Irish qualified lawyer working in the areas of dispute resolution, IP/IT and commercial law. He has a keen interest in the business and law of sport and recently completed the Global Executive Master in International Sports Law with the ISDE University in Madrid.