England coach Eddie Jones agrees to take 25 per cent pay cut as RFU faces up to £50m revenue losses due to coronavirus pandemic

England coach Eddie Jones has agreed to take a pay cut in excess of 25 per cent.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is facing revenue losses of up to £50million over the next 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eddie Jones has been England coach since 2015
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Subsequently, RFU chiefs and Jones have taken pay cuts to limit the financial impact on rugby’s governing body.

On Thursday, RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney said: “Eddie is overseas at present and when I contacted him regarding our executive pay reduction proposals he immediately agreed.”

It is understood the RFU is consulting with other England coaching staff about temporary salary reductions.

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Jones has been England coach since 2015 and led the country to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, which they lost to New Zealand.

He is the best paid international rugby coach, earning in the region of £750,000 per year.

Jones’ contract expires next summer, and talks over extending his stay are yet to take place.

Last week, the RFU cancelled the 2019/20 season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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