Wales boss follows Eddie Jones in taking pay cut as shutdown floors rugby union

Wales boss Wayne Pivac joined England counterpart Eddie Jones in agreeing to a 25 per cent pay cut on a horror day for rugby union.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was also subject to a 25 per cent wage deferral, following the path taken by Ireland’s Andy Farrell last week.

As the crippling financial cost of the coronavirus crisis tore into rugby, USA Rugby announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

And three-quarters of Rugby Australia's (RA) staff were laid off until the start of July.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle, who will take a 50 per cent cut, described the cuts as "the toughest decision in the game's history”.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster told New Zealand radio that he and other coaches had agreed to “substantial” reductions in salary, but did not give a percentage figure.

In Wales senior rugby staff will join Pivac, chief executive Martyn Phillips and fellow WRU executives in taking the 25% chop. Talks over players' wages are ongoing.

In Scotland, SRU chief executive Mark Dodson will take a 30% drop to his salary until August in an effort to sustain the business operation during the outbreak.

But there was criticism of the tartan hierarchy for not going the whole hog and implementing a cut to their salary.

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