Prem rugby clubs may ask players to take pay cut

Last Updated: 19/03/20 11:31pm

Some players in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby may be asked to take pay cuts
Some players in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby may be asked to take pay cuts

Some Premiership Rugby clubs are considering asking players to take a 25 per cent pay cut to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus.

The Premiership has been suspended until at least April 20 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, a move which will cost clubs more than £1m.

The Rugby Players’ Association board met through a conference call on Thursday and has advised its members not to agree to any cuts at this stage, with as many as half the top-flight English clubs considering putting the proposal to their players.

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Former England international Will Greenwood believes the domestic rugby union season will not resume and that will leave clubs needing financial assistance.
Former England international Will Greenwood believes the domestic rugby union season will not resume and that will leave clubs needing financial assistance.

Earlier this week, Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon said they would lose £400,000 for every home game lost to the coronavirus.

The Welsh and Scottish rugby unions have promised financial aid to their clubs, but on Wednesday the RFU stopped short of confirming such measures.

Meanwhile, the IRFU has confirmed Irish Rugby’s 2019-20 season is to conclude with immediate effect due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source : Sky Sports