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Heinz admits that adjustments are necessary in current climate

Heinz admits that adjustments are necessary in current climate
Speaking to Neale Harvey of The Rugby Paper this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Willi Heinz says top-flight players must brace themselves for a “new normality” as the game battles to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

Along with hundreds of Premiership professionals, Heinz is getting his head around a 25 per cent wage cut as clubs tighten their belts in a grim fight for survival.

He accepts personal sacrifices must be made if players are actually going to have jobs to come back to once the green light for rugby to resume is given.

Heinz, who under lockdown has turned his hand to teaching his three children, told The Rugby Paper:

“It’s obviously come as a shock to everyone and it’s disappointing the season’s on hold. But there are bigger things in play out there, so you’ve got to adjust.

“In terms of the pay, it’s upsetting and it causes disruption to people’s lives throughout the whole Gloucester organisation. You’ve got people who are earning pretty good money, but then you’ve got the Kingsholm staff who probably aren’t earning loads.

“It hits everyone in different ways and while your initial reaction is to think of yourself and your own situation, you’ve got to have empathy and understand that other people are going through difficult situations as well. Ultimately, we love the club and from talking to people in other teams, that’s the reaction most guys have had throughout the game.

“Once you process what’s happening in terms of pay cuts and why it’s happened, the club don’t want to be doing this but if we want professional rugby to continue in the UK, these are the measures that we have to take or Premiership clubs will really suffer.

“As players at Gloucester Rugby, the message we gave back to the management was that what we all want to see is games back on and the club continuing to provide the product for our supporters and television companies. As soon as that comes, we’ll be ready to go.”

To read the full article, see this week’s edition of The Rugby Paper.
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