COVID-19 May Cripple Rugby Australia

March 23, 2020 by

The perilous position Rugby Australia finds itself in is well-known worldwide. Bill Sweeny, Chief Executive Officer of England’s Rugby Football Union, recently revealed that the world is watching closely to see the fate of the two-time world champions determined. He called our country an important one for the game, mentioned the money issues we are facing, and assured us that he feels that whatever help World Rugby can offer will be supported by all.

And then Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle restated these concerns mere days after SANZAAR suspended its 2020 tournament. She said that the impact of the government’s attempts to contain COVID-19 has been unprecedented but that they fully understand why these measures need to be in place since the health and wellbeing of Australians is and must remain a top priority.

But she added that ongoing restrictions will put the association’s financial circumstances under extreme pressure and that, in light of the fact that they are not the only sports entity to be affected, communication with authorities has been flagged as an imperative.

Although the organisation does not see any income from the Super Rugby tournament itself, questions around the international season being called off puts its survival in question.

The Wallabies have been scheduled to play two Tests against the Irish and one game against the Flying Fijians in Townsville, in northeastern Queensland. If these three events get called off because of coronavirus, paying players and staff will not be possible.

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