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Scottish Rugby admit '35 jobs potentially at risk'

By Ian Cameron
Press Association

Scottish Rugby have revealed that 35 jobs are at risk at the union as they undergo a financial ‘reset’ due to losses sustained in recent seasons.

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The news comes six months after Mark Dodson resigned as CEO of the union.

The latest year-end forecast indicates Scottish Rugby recording a loss of around £10.6m for the financial year 2023/24 subject to external audit. The union will end its financial year with cash reserves of £16m and will receive a further £7.4m in July from previous private equity investment in Six Nations.

Future recruitment is paused except for CEO and performance director roles with around 35 roles potentially at risk of redundancy.

The union say the financial reset provides a pathway to profitability in the 2026/27 financial year following significant losses in the last two accounting periods. The reset aims for a breakeven position in 2025/26 and a return to profit in the following year.

The union say significant work has been undertaken on the cost profile of the business resulting in actions designed to reshape the organization and lay foundations for future growth and that the mid-term outlook is positive following action taken to increase revenues while managing costs.

Scottish Rugby Limited Chair John McGuigan said: “It has been an incredibly difficult decision to propose that a number of our people might have to leave the business. I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their contribution to Scottish Rugby to date and reassure those whose roles may be affected that we will manage this process with care and compassion.”

SRU Chair Professor Lorne Crerar CBE said: “It is clear that the journey of the operations of Scottish Rugby, as manifested by the £10.5M loss, disclosed in our 2022/23 Annual Accounts, had to fundamentally change course.

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“The proposed loss of colleagues in this evolving process is deeply upsetting for all involved…”

President Colin Rigby said: “In common with others, Scottish Rugby has faced significant financial challenges in recent times. In light of this situation, the Scottish Rugby Limited Board has made the difficult decision to reset our financial approach, fully supported and endorsed by the SRU Board. Our primary goal is to ensure the long-term viability and growth of Scottish Rugby.

“We understand that this process may have implications for some of our colleagues and we are committed to handling this period sensitively and respectfully.”

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finn 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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