Rugby World Cup: England economy flight to NZ ‘difficult decision’, says RFU


England’s last loss was against New Zealand in 2019

Flying England women in economy class to the World Cup in New Zealand has been described as a “difficult decision” by the Rugby Football Union.

The Red Roses are the favorites to start the almost 30-hour journey on Friday after winning the title.

England’s men traveled in business class to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The RFU said that because the women’s side is losing money, “we have to make difficult decisions about what we can invest in”.

England’s trip begins on Friday and they arrive in New Zealand on Sunday midday, with light training currently scheduled for Thursday two days after full training.

The Red Roses are the first side in the world, it has set a record 25 test wins in a row earlier in September and on October 8 they will play the opening game of the World Cup against Fiji.

England were the first women’s XV to offer full-time contracts in 2019.

The RFU said it was “proud” of the progress made, adding that team management had decided to invest in “additional physios, performance coaches, a nutritionist and a full-time psychologist… rather than flying on business”.

The decision comes after England captain Sarah Hunter he advocated reducing the teams’ match fees to half For the World Cup warm-up matches.

In 2018, British Airways announced that it would fly England’s men’s and women’s teams. to the respective World Cups.external link As part of its partnership with the RFU.

However, that was before New Zealand was named as the host of the women’s tournament and the RFU said it had chosen to use an “alternative country” because British Airways “does not currently fly direct” to the country.

It is understood that the Red Roses players have been asked not to post about the flight on social media as the chosen airline is not an official partner of England Rugby.

In July, England’s men flew business class to Australia with British Airways for their summer tour.

The England men's side stand on the steps of a British Airways plane with the England Rugby logo and the words #SweetChariot
England’s men flew to Japan on an England Rugby-branded plane for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.