RFU Savings Plan Could Reduce Staff By 14%

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12 June 2018

The Rugby Football Union could axe up to 100 jobs this month in a cost-cutting exercise according to Gavin Mairs in The Daily Telegraph this week. Every department at the governing body will potentially be hit in pursuit of cost savings.

Redundancies are likely to reduce the staff head count from 570 to at least 500, depending on the results of a review, which is being conducted internally and overseen by chief executive Steve Brown.

It is understood that the budget for England’s preparations for the World Cup in Japan next year, thought to be around £30 million per year including players’ match fees and bonuses, is to be ring-fenced. Eddie Jones’s England set-up is also unlikely to be affected.

However, the consultation, which is a legal process, will examine the professional rugby budget and resources as well as the community rugby budget.

The report says the RFU believes the cuts are necessary to reduce its size after it expanded significantly in the build-up to the World Cup in 2015, to meet the repayment costs of the redevelopment of the East Stand at Twickenham, which has doubled from its original budget of £40 million, and to reflect tough market conditions.

Brown presented the business plan to the RFU council last Friday and, while the cuts were not welcomed, it is thought the reasons for making them were accepted.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2018/06/11/rfu-axe-100-jobs-month-brutal-cost-cutting-exercise/

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