Bernard Jackman fully expects the IRFU and Rugby Players Ireland to come to a resolution over proposed pay cuts and said he'd be "shocked" if any leading stars left the provinces because of the dispute.

Last month Rugby Players Ireland aired their frustration at the leaking of details on pay-cuts talks for players between themselves and the IRFU.

Negotiations between the two bodies are continuing, with the IRFU agreeing to open its accounts to Rugby Players Ireland. All non-playing staff at the IRFU have had their working hours reduced to a four-day week.

"Before they agree any pay cuts they want to understand what position the IRFU are in," Jackman said on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

"The IRFU are in a far better position than what we've seen with some of the privately run clubs in the English Premiership and in France.

"Because all the payers are centrally contacted here and because the game is in a far better state in Ireland than in other countries, they want to see is it necessary to take the pay cuts.

"To do that you need to understand what the cash balance is on the IRFU's books and what the future projections are like.

"I think a deal will be done. There's a very good relationship between the players' representatives, in terms of the players' union, and the IRFU and while there was a little bit of criticism around how it was handled and leaked about a month ago. 

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"The fact they're negotiating now and the IRFU have given them access to the accounts, I'd expect a deal to be done."

Last Tuesday, Leicester Tigers confirmed England centre Manu Tuilagi was one of five frontline stars leaving the club following several contract stand-offs.

Chief executive Andrea Pinchen claimed Tuilagi, Telusa Veainu, Greg Bateman, Noel Reid and Kyle Eastmond had refused to accept 25% pay cuts for one year.

Jackman does not foresee a similar fallout here.

"I think the players are all massively motivated to play for their provinces and to play for Ireland," he added.

"Tuilagi, if you look at the whole situation, Leicester haven't been the club of where they were ten years ago.

"There's been lots of issues with how it's been handled. He decided not to accept it. If you don't accept a pay cut you are a free agent, so in theory if the unions say it's across the board and an Irish payer decides not to accept that he can walk away.

"I just don't think the environment here is as difficult as it is in Leicester. I'd be shocked if any player walked away."

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