Scotland Rugby head coach Gregor Townsend has agreed a 25 percent salary deferral and Wales boss Wayne Pivac will cut his wages by the same figure in response to the financial woes caused by the coronavirus.
Townsend’s deferral, covering April 1 to September 1, will also apply to Edinburgh boss Richard Cockerill and Glasgow counterpart Dave Rennie, as well as Scottish Rugby Union performance director Jim Mallinder.
UK coronavirus sporting impact today— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) March 31, 2020
> Spurs 20% pay cuts/furloughing non-playing staff.
> Scotland managers (Steve Clarke/football 10% pay cut; Gregor Townsend/rugby 25% deferred).
> Wales rugby coach Wayne Pivac 25% pay cut
> Cricket £61m financial support from ECB
It follows similar moves by national unions in England and Australia, although the Twickenham hierarchy of England’s Rugby Football Union, including coach Eddie Jones, will be taking a pay cut of more than 25 percent for up to three months, as opposed to a deferral.
The coronavirus is having an impact on rugby union across the world, with USA Rugby filing for bankruptcy protection after its financial problems were exacerbated by the outbreak.