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The shock Twickenham roof repairs that may scupper England's chances of luring Warren Gatland

A survey of England's headquarters has found millions of pounds worth of remedial work is needed

Any plans by England to throw big money at Warren Gatland could be revised amid shock reports that parts of their Twickenham fortress require costly repair work.

It's understood a detailed examination of the stadium found the glass reinforced plastic roof panels covering the west, north and east stands will have to be replaced.

The east stand recently underwent an £81m refit of hospitality facilities, but the cost of buying and laying new roofing has been put in the multi-million pound bracket.

The Rugby Football Union has already forecast losses of more than £11m in the next financial year despite big-wigs planning to make savings of £10m following a cost-cutting review.

There have already been major cuts, which included more than 50 redundancies, and the community game could lose up to £5m of funding next year.

The full cost of renewing the roofs, which will take place over the next two years, hasnít been finalised or whether the work will limit attendances for matches.

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Fearless Fred

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I doubt this is as much of a shock as some reports are saying. The roof panels in those three stands are older than those in the South Stand (as anyone looking up them can tell). They are also as I understand it designed with a predicted 20 to 25 year life, so they are coming to the end of that period...

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The east stand recently underwent an £81m refit of hospitality facilities,

May I point out that it wasn't a 'refit' in the East stand - it is new. I have been round the East stand hospitality facilities and they are something special.

The North stand was opened in 1991. The East in 1994. The West in 1995 and the South in 2006.

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Well it was kind of a refit, all they did was stick a new skin to the outside of the stadium to create space then fit out the stuff inside. Clever bit of design but not a rebuild.

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The RFU Annual Report is online for anyone that is interested. We (England) have an income roughly equal to the combined incomes of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but we can't make ends meet!

Drinks party in a wine bar - anyone?

RFU Annual Report here:-

http://tinyurl.com/y52cgedj

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If they havenít budgeted for this it wouldnít surprise me in the slightest.

Still run like an old manís private members club rather than a business, despite attempts to change it.
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A222Quin

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I can imagine those that do the day to day running of the place are overruled by the blazer brigade on a regular basis

Quicker Quin

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May I point out that it wasn't a 'refit' in the East stand - it is new. I have been round the East stand hospitality facilities and they are something special.



Anyone fancy a trip round?

https://www.wtm360.co.uk/twickenham-stadium-world-rugby-museum-1533651498-limited-time-only-secret-twickenham-tour.html

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I remember being over the road at the World Cup and the roof looked so filthy and wondering why no attempt to clean it when Twickenham town pavements had a makeover?

Did the RFU not bank anything from the World Cup?

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No in fact specifically they are running at a loss

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Twickenham town pavements had a makeover? What did they do? Vomit on them?
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The RFU is definitely in a mess at the moment, but I doubt that even roof repairs would cramp their style in hiring a top coach. The cost of a coach is relatively small in the grand scheme of things.

The RFU had turnover of £172m last year; Gatland is rumoured to be on £450,000 pa for Wales. A good coach is a driver of good performances, good performances drive revenue. Not spending what it takes to get the coach they think will drive the best performance is a false economy, and even the RFU knows that.

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RFU running at a loss?? April Fools?? :)

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Ha... OK I looked at my calendar before taking this in ......

https://extra.ie/2019/04/01/sport/rugby/japan-world-cup



 

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