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PwC brought in to aid Premiership Rugby’s restart plan

Aaron Morris of Harlequins scores his side's first try during the Premiership Rugby match versus Bristol Bears on March 8 (by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Premiership Rugby, the organising body of the top division of English club rugby union, has engaged professional services company PwC to help resume its 2019-20 season.

Premiership Rugby first postponed the 2019-20 season due to Covid-19 on March 16. At the time of suspension the Premiership had nine rounds of matches remaining before this month’s scheduled semi-finals and final, with Exeter Chiefs leading the way after 13 rounds of games.

Earlier this month, Premiership Rugby announced it was targeting August 15 for the resumption of the season, but to date no further details have been disclosed concerning its plans. The Guardian newspaper said PwC has been appointed with a wide remit focusing on legal issues, risk management and procuring Covid‑19 tests.

The season is expected to resume behind closed doors, but PwC will also assess the viability of fans returning to stadia, in-line with government guidelines. Premiership Rugby believes that, as a small company, it is “entirely correct” to call on project management experts such as PwC.

Premiership Rugby said: “It’s vital we work with the very best advisers to restart rugby in a way that protects the health and welfare of our players, staff and fans, and we’re delighted to have PwC supporting us on this project.

“PwC brings vast experience in supporting organisations as they navigate complex and fast-moving situations, so are perfectly placed to help us ensure we return to play in a way that mitigates risk and gives a level of comfort to all of our players and clubs.”