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HMRC says Premiership ineligible for furlough when contact drills resume

  • End of furlough could cost clubs around £200,000
  • HMRC: ‘Training by sports professionals will not be allowable’

Fresh doubt has been cast on whether Premiership clubs can keep players on the government’s furlough scheme when they return to training after HMRC moved to clarify its position. 

It is understood that when players return to stage two of training, which permits contact, HMRC will consider them no longer eligible for the scheme, which would end up costing the clubs around £200,000. Players may not even be eligible during stage one depending on the level of “supervised training” undertaken. 

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