England coach Eddie Jones agrees to 25% pay cut

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

Chief executive Bill Sweeney also revealed an estimated revenue loss for the RFU over the next 18 months of approximately $100 million.

The RFU is also in consultation with the rest of the England coaching staff over a three-month pay cut.

The body's chief executive Bill Sweeney has announced that the closure of Twickenham Stadium, which hosts England's global Test matches and the final of the Premiership top-tier club competition, will have "a significant impact" on income.

Many Gallagher Premiership clubs have agreed 25 per cent wage cuts with players, although this has met with some opposition.

Eddie Jones has been asked to accept a reduction in pay of over 25 per cent as the RFU tries to reduce costs in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, combined Board fees will be reduced by 75per cent. "The package includes monies ring fenced and diverted for the community game as well as additional funding".

An very early launch of ₤800,000 money due to clubs via the ticketing fund.

"We will be providing more details on this financial package in the coming week". Those loans will then be repayable over three years.

The RFU and Wales' governing body WRU confirmed last week the end of the 2019-20 season for all league, cup and county rugby, with the exception of the English Premiership, due to the pandemic.

The RFU additionally exposed they are "working on an assumption" that rugby will certainly not return till the fall however will certainly supply an additional upgrade between of April.

The RFU has announced measures to support grassroots clubs whose seasons have been cancelled.

"No one can predict every possible outcome of the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly with regard to the duration of this crisis and we are managing in the unknown", said Sweeney in his statement.

"Significant progress has been made on the process for considering the implications of ending the season early", Sweeney included.

"We have actually designed 3 prospective situations and also are servicing a presumption based upon a medium-term effect with a sight to a return to rugby in the fall. We will ensure a fair and balanced outcome for the game and are now committed to update on this by the middle of April".

"It is inevitable that if we can restart, we are going to be playing through the summer".

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