You would have thought that with all the ranting about equal pay (or not) at the BBC that everyone else would be likely to be careful regarding gender pay at the moment.
Obviously the RFU don’t seem to worry about that sort of nonsense!
According to ‘The Rugby Paper’ the RFU are not going to renew the full and part-time professional contracts for the Red Roses – the England Women’s rugby team.
Currently, there are about 50 players who are on a mixture of full-time and part-time professional contracts with many of these players have given up careers and job opportunities to fully concentrate on the 15s game. However, come September, there will only be 17 contracts handed out to 50 of these players, and those contracts will be for the sevens programme, not the 15s game.
According to the report, the Union want to focus on the seven woman code ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the sevens World Cup taking place in San Francisco next year.
This announcement comes just a few weeks before the team are hoping to defend their title at the Women’s World Cup in Ireland.
Yes – just in case you missed that RFU – England are the current World Champions. They also won the Grand Slam in this year’s 6 nations and just returned from an unbeaten tour in New Zealand!
Great motivation and support for the England team – from the richest Union on the planet!
What a disgrace – we now know what the FU stands for at Twickenham!