Wayne Pivac and WRU chief Martyn Phillips take 25% wage cuts amid pandemic

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Wales coach Wayne Pivac and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief executive Martyn Phillips will each take a 25% pay cut because of the coronavirus crisis.

The WRU has also announced other some staff members will take a 10% wage cut as it tries to meet financial challenges while the sport is on hold.

The measures will come into force on Wednesday, 1 April.

“I have been struck by the efforts and attitude of all WRU staff during this crisis,” said Phillips.

With no stadium events happening and pressure on other income streams, and following in depth reviews of potential ‘return to rugby’ dates, the governing body has implemented what it describes as “a comprehensive plan for cost savings”.

The first part of that plan, the reduction of outgoings and a review of ongoing projects, has already delivered cash savings for the WRU.

Phase two included a review of staff costs.

Senior rugby staff will join Pivac, Phillips and some fellow WRU executives in taking take a 25% salary reduction.

More to follow.

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