Rugby Townsend, Scottish Rugby board take wage deferrals due to coronavirus – ESPN

Townsend, Scottish Rugby board take wage deferrals due to coronavirus – ESPN



Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has taken a 25% wage deferral, along with the Scottish Rugby board, due to the growing financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill and Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie have taken also taken 25% salary deferrals, while Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has taken a 30% wage deferral.

The wage deferrals will be in place from April to September, Scottish Rugby announced on Tuesday as the world of rugby looks to cope with the negative financial implications caused by the coronavirus.

“We are working extremely hard to navigate the sport of rugby in Scotland through these extremely challenging times,” Sottish Rugby chairman Colin Grassie said in a statement.

“We would like to thank all our staff, sponsors, stakeholders for their support and collaboration.

“We have a huge challenge ahead of us, but we will get there together and we will leave no stone left unturned to ensure the long term sustainability of Scottish Rugby and the sport in Scotland.”

Meanwhile, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced last week that its board members, as well as England head coach Eddie Jones, would take a 25% pay cut.

USA Rugby has decided to file for bankruptcy amid financial trouble exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown, while Rugby Australia has stood down 75% of its staff.