New Zealand Rugby has cut salaries for all its staff members and warned that as much as NZ$100 million will be lost in revenue. Leading governing bodies can be said to be scrambling to try and absorb the blow to income caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, to say the least.
These emergency measures have been put into place after Wales, Scotland, and England all cut pay for their top officials and follow Rugby Australia’s decision to lay off, albeit temporarily, three-quarters of its staff.
NZR Chief Executive Officer Mark Robinson has said that the worst-case scenario would see the All Blacks and all five Super Rugby teams not playing again in 2020. He added that cash outflow needs desperately to be staunched and that staff has agreed to a 40% pay cut for the next three months. Talks with players are underway.
Robinson described these times as very challenging, saying that there are people involved with Rugby all over New Zealand desperately trying to deal with very difficult financial circumstances. Super Rugby has been suspended in the southern hemisphere and July Internationals are in doubt as the rapidly spreading COVID-19 strain of coronavirus necessitates strict containment measures and a curb in all forms of international travel. Robinson has let it be known that he has been in contact with World Rugby, the global governing body, about possibly getting financial support for NZR.
The yearly Rugby Championship, which features Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is supposed to start in August.
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