RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney hospitalised after suffering pulmonary embolism

Bill Sweeney joined RFU in 2019
Bill Sweeney joined RFU in 2019

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that chief executive Bill Sweeney has been hospitalised on Friday to be treated for a pulmonary embolism.

A statement from the RFU further revealed that the 64-year-old is set to make a full recovery and will remain in hospital for the next few weeks.

“Bill is expected to make a full recovery and return to work, he is in good spirits and is being well looked after,” read a statement from RFU.

“Bill will be recuperating for the next few weeks; initially in hospital but returning home soon. In the interim, the RFU executive team will ensure Union matters continue to be managed effectively working closely with Tom Ilube, RFU Chair, and the rest of board as needed.

“Bill would like to convey his strongest possible appreciation for the NHS who perform such incredible work.”

A former chief executive of the British Olympic Association, Sweeney has been with the RFU for the last three years after joining them in 2019.