JP Doyle hints at career change after being made redundant

Axed Premiership referee JP Doyle has broken his silence following RFU redundancy, hinting that he could change career.

“Services no longer required unfortunately due to Covid and the cutbacks at the RFU and the business of the business, I guess. Sport is sport and you have to take your licks and get on with it.” explained Doyle.

“When redundancies are happening, and there is a lot of people going through that at the moment, you have just got to go through the process and what will out will out. Often you speak to people and these are great opportunities to reset and go again. 

““If I miss out and leave rugby I will be sad. Maybe there is something in and around the media I would love to do, but Covid is contracting everything at the moment so we are just eyes open, wide awake to see what we can find out there.

“I loved teaching before I came into rugby and I still do. We’ll just see what happens.”


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1. Tom Varndell

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