Wasps and Worcester confirm players and staff will take 25 per cent pay cut

Wasps and Worcester players and staff have agreed to take a 25 per cent pay cut as Premiership clubs across the league take steps to deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

As rugby across the globe is halted by the coronavirus outbreak, Wasps chief executive Stephen Vaughan stressed the importance of maintaining sustainability through the five-week shutdown period announced by Premiership Rugby last week.

A statement by Warriors was released on Friday afternoon and explained staff would take a 25 per cent pay cut “effective from April 1”.

“Worcester Warriors, like many other businesses in the country, are having to deal with circumstances that are unprecedented in peacetime with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Our first priority is the safety of the whole Warriors family including Warriors staff and players, supporters, our families, friends and the wider community. It is important we trust and follow the latest advice from the Government and Public Health England carefully. Although most of us will be ok it is important we take this very seriously and stay safe.

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“Among the measures we have put in place is a temporary lockdown of Sixways during the five-week period that matches played under the auspices of Premiership Rugby are postponed.

“That clearly presents challenges for the running of the business, in particular cash-flow.

“It is important that we make decisions now to ensure that, when we emerge from this dreadful crisis, we still have a sustainable rugby club to serve as the heart of our local community with the continuing strong support from the whole Warriors Family.”


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Worst feature: Always empty and not even in London.

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