Scottish Rugby Union chiefs pocket large wage increase

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The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) published their annual accounts this week and it revealed some startling figures for their board of directors. 

The SRU seem to have issues in retaining their key players at their two clubs. Jonny Gray the most recent to move south and join his international teammate Stuart Hogg. Yet when it comes down to it, those in charge of organising rugby in Scotland, those who seemingly should be open and truthful are taking deceptive pay rises, way above their worth.

£933,000 for top director

The highest paid director, who remains unnamed per policy of companies filing official accounts, pocketed £933,000 in the last financial year. The likelihood of who this goes to is the Chief Executive, Mark Dodson.

To go from £455k to £933 in just one year is outrageous, especially for a company that only turned over £61.8m.

In comparison, the WRU’s highest paid is £351,000 and the RFU, who turn over significantly more is around £666,000.

It’s not just Dodson who has seemingly benefitted. Their accounts showed that the wages paid to directors went up to £2.25m in the year ending 2019, up from £1.13m.

Mark Dodson previously made headlines for the Scottish Rugby Union at the World Cup where he criticised the organisers during the disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis. The SRU were fined £70,000 for that fiasco.

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