Eddie Jones has agreed to a pay cut ‘in excess of 25 per cent’ as part of the RFU’s attempts to off-set the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which has led to a shut-down of the rugby season.
The union confirmed on Thursday that the England head coach has readily accepted the wage reduction proposed by his employers, amid fears that the RFU will suffer a £45-50million loss of revenue over the next 18 months, as a result of the global pandemic.
Jones’s £750,000 annual salary will be slashed by over a quarter during the period of disruption – bringing him in line with executives at Twickenham.
Bill Sweeney, the RFU’s chief executive, confirmed the development, saying: ‘Eddie is overseas at present and when I contacted him regarding our executive pay reduction proposals, he immediately agreed.’
The rest of Jones’s England management team are set to be asked to accept similar terms in the days ahead.
The RFU revealed that talks are on-going with ‘the wider coaching team’ about a three-month reduction in wages.
This impact on salaries at the union reflects the action already taken at domestic level – as all Premiership clubs have informed players and staff that pay will be cut by 25 per cent, above certain thresholds – to bolster attempts to keep the game solvent at a time of plunging income.