England coach Jones takes pay cut amid coronavirus crisis

 England coach Jones takes pay cut amid coronavirus crisis


TWICKENHAM, United Kingdom, Mar 26 – England coach Eddie Jones is to join other top officials at Twickenham in taking a pay cut of more than 25 percent for up to three months as the Rugby Football Union tightens its belt in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Jones is the highest paid coach in international
rugby union, earning a reported Sh78 million (£750,000).

The 60-year-old Australian took England to last
year’s World Cup final in Japan, where they lost to South Africa.

His current deal expires next year and it remains to
be seen if the RFU will extend the former Wallaby and Japan boss’s contract to
run through to the next World Cup, in France in 2023. 

The RFU, the governing body for the game in England, announced Wednesday it expects to lose up to Sh5.3 billion (£50 million) over the next 18 months as a result of the economic crisis triggered by having to suspend the game as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The RFU said then its executive board would take
cuts of more than 25 percent and Thursday saw it confirm that Jones was
following suit.

“Eddie Jones alongside the RFU executive team
will be taking a cut in remuneration in excess of 25 percent,” said a RFU
spokeswoman.

“The RFU is in consultation with colleagues and
the wider coaching team about a temporary three-month reduction to
salaries.”

RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney added: “Eddie
is overseas at present and when I contacted him regarding our executive pay
reduction proposals he immediately agreed (to take a pay cut).”

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