England international Ellis Genge slams Rugby Players' Association

Ellis Genge has played 18 Tests for England
Ellis Genge has played 18 Tests for England

England and Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge has slammed the Rugby Players' Association for advising players to take pay cuts following the pandemic coronavirus crisis.

With the ongoing season disrupted due to the outbreak of Covid-19, all the Premiership clubs have asked the players to take a wage cut while some of them had opted for furloughing of staff.

Genge feels the RPA that comprises of 1200 players - both male and female - is compromised because of the funding that it receives from both Rugby Football Union and the Premiership Rugby Limited and a new organisation with independent funding will compliment the existing one.

"We are not making a new RPA," Genge told BBC Sport.

"I think they do really good stuff with welfare in rugby and they look after people really well.

"But I do feel that people were poorly advised. People were advised from the off to sign the contracts without reading them, almost. Commercially, I didn't think everyone was being represented very well.

"So I am trying to put together a players' union. It is not to replace the RPA or to combat the RFU. Honestly, it is nothing of the sort.

"It is just so people can get really good advice from trusted professionals in those specific fields: around commercial and legal."

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