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@papachinzo Professional athletes in Ireland can claim back any 10 years worth of tax related to their earnings from sport when they retire. They don't forfeit it if they go over seas but considering that most of their careers only last 10 -12 years and the first few would have been low paid its better to stay in Ireland for most of their career. The last three or four years they'd have to be getting more than twice the salary they would in Ireland in order to make it worth while. That being said, Mushey Buckley must have gotten some salary from Sale to make the move.
Posted 15:14 14th December 2011
The salary caps give the T14 a massive advantage. I don't begrudge a person for following the money - it's a professional sport, after all.
Posted 11:15 14th December 2011
very generous tax breaks
Posted 10:22 14th December 2011
@papachinzo. as far as i know when irish players retire they get all their tax back, but if they they leave and play somewhere else they forfeit it. so with 2 or 3 years left in their career the combined tax and salary from the provinces is worth more than a big top 14 contract.
Posted 09:38 14th December 2011
They've given a good 8 or 9 years to their Club and Country, they only have maybe two or three seasons left in the tank. I don't think anyone is going to give them stick about wanting to secure their futures. Good luck to them.
I wonder how Ireland manage to keep all their players. They seem to be the only country not represented in the Top 14...
Posted 18:26 13th December 2011
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