Ireland camp hit by bug

first_img Both coaches and captains addressed the media at a conference at the 20,000 capacity home of Toronto FC on Monday and both Kiss and his opposite number Kieran Crowley have plenty of headaches ahead of the weekend’s game. Ireland beat the US Eagles 15-12 in Houston last Saturday, while the Canadians overcame Tonga in a bad-tempered encounter. “There is a bit of attrition after a long season, but fair play to the boys they have been good. We have had a couple of minor injuries from last week, but things are looking okay on that part,” Kiss said. “We have just had a situation today where we will not have a full squad training as there is a little bit of unwellness in the squad, but that is just something you have to deal with when you travel and these little stomach upsets happen.” New Zealander Crowley will delay finalising his team until Friday as he counts the toll left by an extremely physical encounter with the Tongans in Kingston, Ontario, on Sunday. Three players – Matt Evans, Sean Duke and Jebb Sinclair – are recovering from concussion, while Aaron Carpenter (back), Phil Mac (ankle) and Nick Blevins are fighting to be fit. “They have been good, we had a travel day down on Sunday. The boys are pretty battered and bruised after two games in four days. We have five or six guys we’re sweating on at the moment, we are going through the protocols and we will finalise our team on Friday,” he said. “They are in good spirits, winning helps that. They are looking forward to a big challenge, a tier one country and we want to put in a good performance and we are looking forward to a good game.” Ireland’s preparations for Saturday’s meeting with Canada have been hit by a stomach bug which has struck down a small number of the squad. Press Associationcenter_img The unaffected squad members trained in Toronto on Monday night, but coach Les Kiss is sweating over the recovery of some of his squad who have not been named. It adds to the Australian’s selection issues after he lost Simon Zebo to the Lions. However, injury worries over captain Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Fergus McFadden and Robbie Henshaw appear to be easing ahead of the clash in front of what Canada Rugby hopes to be a sell-out at BMO Field. last_img read more

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Arsenal agrees pay cut amid coronavirus outbreak

first_img(BBC) – ARSENAL’S first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta have agreed a pay cut to help with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League club said the “voluntary agreement” sees those involved have their annual earnings reduced by 12.5%.The club’s core coaching staff are also among those taking cuts to their pay.If the Gunners hit certain targets on the pitch, the club says “agreed amounts” will be paid back.“We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger,” Arsenal said.“The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the 2019-20 season and receive the full broadcasting revenues. The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.“The move follows positive and constructive discussions. In these conversations there has been a clear appreciation of the gravity of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a strong desire for players and staff to show their backing for the Arsenal family.“We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history.”Earlier on Monday, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and chief executive Stephen Bettis agreed partial pay and bonus deferrals “to assist the club’s cash flow issues”.Watford, Southampton and West Ham are the other Premier League clubs to have agreed wage deferrals with their first-team squads.The Premier League asked clubs to put a 30% pay cut to players but the Professional Footballers’ Association said that would affect tax contributions to the NHS.Earlier this month, Premier League players launched the #PlayersTogether scheme to generate and distribute funds to the NHS.last_img read more

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