Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Italy’s Federico Mori (Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland)
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Peter O'Mahony accepts that the IRFU had no choice but to postpone contract talks with a large number of Irish pros, including a number of senior internationals.
O'Mahony is among that number, calculated by the Union's performance director David Nucifora to be just over 50% of their contracted players.
Nucifora admitted this week it will be the new year before negotiations with players and their representatives can start as the IRFU attempt to figure out how to commit to multi-year deals with no revenue coming in at present.
“Look, I don't know what they're going to do," said 31-year-old O'Mahony. "In the scheme of things, we are very lucky to be in the position that we are in, to be back playing and back doing what we love.
“There are plenty of people out there who are either not working or who have been laid off. It's a sh***y place to be in.
“I don't think we are too worried about it. Obviously it's not ideal. There are people who have families and stuff that need a bit of security down the line but at the moment, that will come.
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director
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“It's not like they are not going to have the chat. It's going to be a hit later, but that just happens. That's the way it has gone.
“We just have to get on with it. We've got too much to be worried about with regard to the weekend.
“That is going to come down the line. It's a couple of weeks later than normal but we just have to battle on and do what we can do best."
Johnny Sexton, who is also out of contract next summer, said that everyone was hurting across Irish rugby because of the economic costs of Covid.
“Look, it’s an uncertain time, and we’re working with people here in the backroom staff that are on much reduced pay, a lot more so than us as players, and they don’t have security going forward," he pointed out.
"So we’re all in it together and the guys that are making the decisions in the Union probably don’t have any certainty either in terms of their future.
“So we’re all in this together and we’ll get to the right solutions when we can and when the time is right and there’s a clear picture of what’s in front of us".