Gloucester and Leicester stars placed back on furlough as clubs continue to lose millions in matchday revenue due to the coronavirus crisis
- Clubs are continuing to feel the financial effects left by the Covid-19 pandemic
- The Government’s furlough scheme continues until the end of the month
- Gloucester and Leicester have put players back on furlough due to the crisis
Gloucester and Leicester have put players back on furlough as rugby continues to feel the financial squeeze of Covid-19.
Clubs are losing millions of pounds in matchday revenue and have already enforced 25 per cent pay cuts on the players.
The Government’s furlough scheme continues until the end of the month and The Mail on Sunday understands clubs are planning to use the remaining weeks of tax relief as the Premiership prepares for its off season.
Leicester and Gloucester have both put their players on furlough due to the financial crisis
Rugby’s governing bodies remain hopeful of receiving a multi-million-pound Government bailout but the latest measures offer some short-term relief.
The clubs’ England internationals, however, will not be eligible for the scheme if they feature in Eddie Jones’s camps for the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.
An initial group of Red Rose players gathered at the Lensbury hotel in London this week and have been ordered to stay in strict bio-secure bubbles — with the sport on red alert after Sale abandoned their Premiership title push following 27 positive cases.
Rugby’s governing bodies are hoping to receive a multi-million pound Government bailout
England have installed a high-spec games room at their hotel to help alleviate boredom. The players had a self-administered Covid test over Zoom before camp.
Hooker Jamie George said: ‘You are on Zoom with the team doctor who tells you exactly what you have to do, and you have to show him that you are sticking it up your nose and to the back of your throat.
‘It was quite funny because you do it in groups of four to five and there were a couple of guys who weren’t enjoying it too much.
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