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New Wallabies Coach Volunteers To Take 30 Percent Pay Cut

The new Wallabies coach, Dave Rennie, has volunteered to take a 30 percent pay cut ahead of starting his job next month.

Rugby Australia announced last week roughly one-third of full-time staff would be stood down in the coming weeks, with Rugby Australia interim chief executive, Rob Clarke, initially saying Rennie would be excluded from the pay cuts across the organisation.

Rennie’s decision to volunteer for the pay cut means he has now followed suit with the pay cut structure that will last until the end of September, along with the rest of the Rugby Australia executive team.

The sacrifice from Rennie will mean he will miss out on $75,00 over three months of his reported $1 million a year salary.

Rugby Australia director of rugby, Scott Johnson, said the move exemplifies Rennie’s humility and further justifies the choice to hand him the reigns of Australia’s national rugby side.

“Dave is a really decent rugby man and a good bloke, and he understands the situation we’re facing,” Johnson said.

“He offered to take the same pay cut as everyone else way back when all this was kicking off.

“He wasn’t on contract yet, so I said we’d talk about it further down the track.

“That’s the kind of man he is, he would never have separated himself from anyone else,” he said.

With all July international tests already cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected Rennie will first be in charge of the Wallabies in October, when international fixtures are expected to return.