2022-11-24 17:51:56

English rugby bosses blamed for 'failure on an epic scale' following demise of Worcester and Wasps

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Daily Mail
By Alex Bywater

English rugby bosses were torn limb from limb and accused of failure on an epic scale by a Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) hearing on Thursday.

RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney and his Premiership Rugby counterpart Simon Massie-Taylor were questioned by MPs on the state of the game following the demise of Worcester and Wasps who both entered administration and were suspended from competition earlier this season.

DCMS chair Julian Knight MP accused Sweeney of being completely asleep on the job as both Worcester and Wasps struggled and ultimately failed to overcome huge financial problems.

Knight added to Sweeney: Frankly, you have failed in this instance and so has the RFU. Should you not be looking at your position?

To Massie-Taylor, Knight said: I have never come across anything as shambolic with a lack of thought towards people in your own game in my entire time as a select committee member.

If this happened in the Premier League, the head of the league would resign on the spot. I dont know how you can come to this committee and say what youve said with a straight face.

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