RFU chief Bill Sweeney in hospital after suffering pulmonary embolism


ill Sweeney, the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) chief executive, will take time off work in the coming weeks having been admitted to hospital on Friday to be treated for a pulmonary embolism.

Sweeney is expected to make a full recovery but remains in hospital.

“Bill is expected to make a full recovery and return to work, he is in good spirits and is being well looked after,” read an RFU statement released on Tuesday morning.

“Bill will be recuperating for the next few weeks; initially in hospital but returning home soon. In the interim, the RFU executive team will ensure Union matters continue to be managed effectively working closely with Tom Ilube, RFU Chair, and the rest of board as needed.

“Bill would like to convey his strongest possible appreciation for the NHS who perform such incredible work.”

Sweeney has been RFU chief executive for the last three years, following six years at the British Olympic Association (BOA).

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