RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney in hospital after suffering pulmonary embolism


RFU confirm chief executive Bill Sweeney is recovering in hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism and is ‘expected to make a full recovery’ – but English rugby chief will not be back at work for the foreseeable future

  • Bill Sweeney continues to be monitored after he was admitted last Friday
  • The RFU expect him to make a full recovery after his pulmonary embolism  
  • They state he will be recuperating for the next few weeks at hospital and home 

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney is in hospital being treated for pulmonary embolism.

The man who heads up English rugby continues to be monitored after he was admitted last Friday.

Confirming the news on Tuesday, the RFU said Sweeney is expected to make a full recovery but will not be in position at Twickenham for the foreseeable future.

‘Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO, was admitted to hospital on Friday and he is being treated for pulmonary embolism,’ the RFU said.

‘Bill is expected to make a full recovery and return to work. He is in good spirits and is being well looked after.

Bill Sweeney was admitted to hospital last Friday after suffering a pulmonary embolism; the RFU have released a statement saying that Sweeney is expected to make a full recovery

‘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.’

Earlier this year Sweeney gave England head coach Eddie Jones his full backing to continue in charge through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup despite a second successive underwhelming Six Nations.

England won just two from five games in the 2022 Championship, losing to Scotland, Ireland and Grand Slam winners France

Sweeney is a close ally of England boss Eddie Jones (left), but he will not return to work soon

Sweeney is a close ally of England boss Eddie Jones (left), but he will not return to work soon

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