RUGBY players in Scotland who earn over £50,000 are being asked to take salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Rugby Union has made the decision to reduce wages with the rugby season currently suspended indefinitely.

Executives and other board members will also take a wage drop with 75 percent of staff at Scottish Rugby being placed on the government’s furlough scheme.

The SRU have reassured staff who earn less than £50,000 that they will receive their full wage for the time being.

The following sliding scale will be used to reduce wages:

  • Those earning up to £75,000 would lose 10%
  • Those earning £75,000-£100,000 would lose 15%
  • Those earning £100,000-£200,000 would lose 20%
  • Those earning above would lose 25%

SRU chief executive, Mark Dodson, who himself will take a 30 percent cut, said: "It is because our projected incomes have fallen so sharply, coupled with the increasing unpredictability of any further resumption of any rugby worldwide, that we have to cut costs through this upcoming period.

"The furloughing of staff and salary reductions for senior people reflect the seriousness of the situation."

Dodson also confirmed that Scotland’s summer tour to South Africa and New Zealand and their autumn Tests against Argentina, New Zealand and Japan at Murrayfield will likely be postponed.

Cancellation of the above fixtures are set to cost the SRU around £12million in revenue and reports have suggested that if Scotland had not played their matches against England and France in the Six Nations then jobs may have been at risk.