Fear among Premiership players that some clubs could go bust by Christmas

  • Players union chief calls for clear leadership over finances
  • Concerns over welfare should league resume in early July

The country’s leading rugby players are calling for clearer leadership from the game’s top administrators amid fears some Premiership clubs could go bust by Christmas, prompting widespread job losses. There are also concerns surrounding player welfare despite a provisional agreement that at-risk employees, or anyone with vulnerable family members, can sit out matches if they wish.

With Premiership club owners discussing whether to proceed with plans to restart the league behind closed doors in early July, the Rugby Players’ Association’s chief executive, Damian Hopley, said many of his members are worried both about their own futures and the wider outlook for their sport. “We’ve been on calls to some clubs where there is a very genuine concern the club might not last the year based on the current financial projections,” he revealed.

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