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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Contract

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# Jim Goodwin
Ex-Ireland international targeting success after signing new deal at St Mirren
Goodwin was skipper when the Saints won their last major trophy in 2013.
# Heading Home
Scrum-half Nick McCarthy set to re-join Leinster from Munster
The 25-year-old moved to the southern province in 2019 but is now set for a return.
# oxford vaccine
Amid a deepening row, the [heavily redacted] EU-AstraZeneca contract has been published
The contract contains over a dozen uses of the phrase “best reasonable efforts”, and has redacted any mention of costs.
There are numerous references to AstraZeneca making its 'Best Reasonable Efforts' to deliver the vaccine amounts promised.
There is no reference to the UK factories being used only for the British market; but this could be in the UK contract with AstraZeneca.
The head of Ireland's vaccine taskforce said it's possible that the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine could be administered by GPs if the AstraZeneca delivery is delayed.
Ireland to receive 300,000 fewer vaccine doses to April due to supply issues
Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?
# Extension
Ulster confirm new deals for Baloucoune, Marshall, Sexton and O'Connor
The 23-year-old is currently sidelined with a hamstring issue but previously trained with Ireland.
# Negotiations
Connacht hoping to extend head coach Friend's contract into next season
The Australian has proven hugely popular with players and supporters alike since arriving in 2018.
# Contract
'Can I visualise myself here in the long term? I can, yes' - Ulster boss McFarland
The Ulster head coach’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
# longevity
'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on
The out-half will be 37 when the tournament in France rolls around.
# Captain
IRFU will judge Sexton on form rather than age ahead of contract talks
The 35-year-old Ireland captain is one of those out of contract in June 2021.
# Offer
Glasgow make approach for promising Munster out-half Ben Healy
The 21-year-old, who is understood to be Scottish-qualified, has shown his quality recently.
# Released
West Ham cancel Jack Wilshere's contract
The 28-year-old hinted that he had been frozen out by current manager David Moyes.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract
To date, €163,000 has been paid to Polymetrika for the calculated grades system.
# Irish Abroad
Irishman Maguire involved against Leinster after earning short-term deal in Dragons
The loosehead prop was part of Leinster’s training squad earlier this year.
# Contract Extension
Arsenal tie down club captain and star striker Aubameyang to new deal
In an Instagram video, the Gabon international announced that he wants to become a Gunners legend.
# el loco
Bielsa announces new Leeds deal ahead of Premier League opener against Liverpool
The Argentine coach and his newly-promoted side take on the champions at Anfield on Saturday evening.
# Irish Abroad
'I play rugby because I love the game, not just because my brothers play'
20-year-old hooker Billy Scannell is heading into his second season with Biarritz in France.
# New Challenge
Scrum-half Stafford joins Premiership club Harlequins after leaving Munster
The 23-year-old has signed on for the rest of the 2019/20 Premiership season.
# option
All Black Jordie Barrett opts against switch from Hurricanes for 2021
The 23-year-old had an option in his contract that would have allowed him to move.
# One for the future
17-year-old sensation Harvey Elliott signs first professional deal with Liverpool
The England underage international made his senior debut for the Reds in September.
# New Deal
Republic of Ireland international Jarrett signs new contract with Brighton
The 25-year-old initially joined the English club in January.
# Contracts
Lawes and Biggar end French rumours by signing new Northampton deals
The club has announced 19 new contract renewals.
# locked in
James Lowe confirms new Leinster contract is a three-year deal
The 27-year-old qualifies to play for Ireland in November.
# doubt
Key Bayern Munich player stalls on new contract
Liverpool have been strongly linked with Thiago Alcantara.
# irlandais
21-year-old Daniel Brennan promoted to Montpellier's senior squad
The former France U20 international has already played in the Top 14 and Champions Cup.
# All Blacks
Blues captain Tuipulotu the latest Kiwi to pen new deal until next World Cup
The 27-year-old lock helped his side to a win over the Hurricanes yesterday.
# Exit
Top 14 club sack ex-All Black Tom Taylor after unauthorised travel
Pau say they had no other option but to dismiss the 31-year-old Kiwi playmaker.
# ambitions
'I wouldn't have been a name that leapt off the page for Irish fans'
Will Addison recently signed a new two-year deal to keep him with Ulster.
World Cup winner Pieter-Steph du Toit withdraws contract termination notice
The 27-year-old is staying with the Stormers and Western Province.
# New Deal
'It was tough leaving Leinster but it was definitely the right decision'
Jordi Murphy has signed a new two-contract to keep him at Ulster until 2022 at least.
# Exit
World player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit terminates contract in South Africa
The World Cup winner has exited his deal with Western Province.
# Tiger
Former Ireland U20 out-half McPhillips signs deal to stay with Leicester
The 23-year-old playmaker joined the Premiership club from Ulster last year.
# on the backburner
Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off in June shelved as FAI face manager contract dilemma
The rescheduled games have been postponed again today after Uefa’s conference call with its 55 member associations.
# looking ahead
AFL chief insists all 18 clubs will survive as Covid-19 causes financial crisis
Several Irish players have been impacted by the massive pay cuts.
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
# New Deal
Ireland international Jack McGrath agrees new contract with Ulster
The 30-year-old was back in the Ireland squad for this year’s Six Nations.
# Game time
McCarthy frustrated by Parrott's failure to secure loan move
The Ireland boss suggested the Tottenham teenager is unlikely to feature in the upcoming Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia.
# Done Deal
Stockdale the latest Ireland star to sign new central contract with IRFU
The 23-year-old wing has scored 16 tries in his 26 Tests so far.
# Done Deal
Shelbourne boss Morris extends contract
The 32-year-old guided the club to the First Division title last year.
# Negotiations
In-form Ringrose hopeful new IRFU contract will be sorted in coming weeks
The 24-year-old’s Leinster deal is set to expire this summer.
# free agent
Racing 92 have sacked Fiji international Leone Nakarawa
The sensational second row is unlikely to be without a club for long.
# Signed And Sealed
IRFU confirm new Bundee Aki deal to keep him with Connacht until 2023
The 29-year-old has penned a new deal with the union.