Women's Sport: England Women's Rugby captain Sarah Hunter is prepared to take a pay cut

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England Women Rugby captain Sarah Hunter says she is prepared to take a pay cut to "make sure we have something at the end" of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Hunter, MBE is an English rugby union player and also a player for the Loughborough Lightning represented England at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup. She was also named in the squad to the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced pay cuts for staff earning over £30,000, though the England Women players fall below this threshold.

Last week, Bill Sweeney, RFU boss said the organisation was ready for the revenue losses of up to £50m based on the current situation facing most sports globally.

"That little sacrifice and selflessness can go a long way," said Hunter to the BBC.

"I'd be willing to do that to make sure there's still an RFU and people aren't having to lose their jobs.

Hunter, one of 28 women, awarded a central contract by the RFU for the 2019-20 season, says they all have to think about the long-term effects of the coronavirus crisis.

"I can only speak on behalf of myself, but I think you've seen the enormous generosity of the country and the community," Hunter told BBC Sport. "Everyone is coming together.

"It's trying to support people in the best way we can. If that means we have to take a pay cut to help protect all our jobs, I know I for one would be willing to do that."

Last month, the Women's Six Nations was disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak and still awaits a conclusion, while the Tyrell's Premier 15s competition has now been suspended.

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