The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have announced that they will make 500,000 euro available to their clubs in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The IRFU confirmed the funding directly to the clubs and provided them with additional advice and guidance during the crisis.
After a review of its financial position, the union agreed to the funding and Colin McEntee, domestic game director, will be advising clubs on how the fund will work.
Answer Ireland's Call and tackle #covid19
Stay safe, follow the expert advice and look out for each other.@HSELive @RugbyPlayersIRE #ItsInOurHands pic.twitter.com/F6nFjkPrKR
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 18, 2020
Loans totalling more than 4million euro (£3.6million) have also been made available to clubs under the Financial Assistance Scheme, with loan repayments postponed for four months from the start of April.
The clubs have also been encouraged to draw on government assistance to try and keep themselves running.