Scotland players agree to wage cuts
NEWS: Scotland rugby union players agreed to pay cuts on Monday in a bid to ease the financial fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish Rugby Union and the Rugby Players Scotland organisation announced the wage reductions had been agreed following talks.
A joint statement released by both groups read: “Against the backdrop of the significant economic impact of Covid-19, RPS entered discussions with Scottish Rugby to find a mechanism whereby its members’ salaries would be subject to reduction, but their overall interests were protected.
“Both parties have now reached an agreement which acknowledges the need for sustainability in the sport in Scotland and meets the respective objectives of the business, while minimising financial hardship to RPS members through a programme of reimbursement should certain revenue streams be achieved over the course of the coming season.”
The players’ union had previously accepted the need for temporary pay cuts for its higher-earning members in April after the SRU proposed reductions ranging from 10 to 25 percent over a five-month period for all players earning more than £50,000.
The SRU employs around 150 male and female players for Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, Scotland Sevens, the Scottish Rugby Academy and Scotland Women.