Live

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Repeat: Off The Ball
RFU to lose £107 million if au...
Rugby

RFU to lose £107 million if autumn internationals cancelled

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

18:22 5 May 2020

Chief Executive Bill Sweeney has said that England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) will lose £107m if this year's autumn internationals are cancelled.

Last year's losing World Cup finalists are due to welcome New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Australia to Twickenham this November.

The RFU boss admits that the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could be "catastrophic" for the game in England and even if the November Tests went ahead behind closed doors, losses would total £85m.

"It is a very significant loss of revenue and we are doing what we can to mitigate it," Sweeney told the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee as part of a discussion on the impact of the coronavirus on England's major sports.

The pandemic has already seen the RFU lose £15m this year and even if the matches in November go ahead, the union is still set to lose £32m.

The 2020 Six Nations Championship has yet to be completed and World Rugby guidelines, announced last Monday, state that elite matches should be played behind closed doors until a vaccine is freely available.

"Twickenham is a major asset for us - 85% of our income comes from hosting men’s international games at Twickenham," Sweeney added.

"When you own a stadium it is a major cost and at the same time brings in large revenue.

"If this was to be prolonged and the Six Nations games were impacted, then it would be a catastrophic impact on rugby union in England.

"We would be looking at some very severe situations."

Meanwhile, the IRFU have welcomed the government's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which was revealed on Friday.

The document states that rugby in Ireland can not resume any sooner than 10 August.

The IRFU say they will be discussing the implications of the document with Sport Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Bill Sweeney England Rugby Rfu Six Nations Twickenham

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Up next

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Golf Weekly

LIVE: Golf Weekly

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: John Giles

LIVE: John Giles

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE Commentary: Liverpool v Chelsea

LIVE Commentary: Liverpool v Chelsea

08:00 PM-11:30 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on