England players hit jackpot with record £20m pay deal

  • England’s players will be paid almost twice their Six Nations rivals in Ireland and Wales
  • The new deal has been drawn up in the wake of last year’s successful Rugby World Cup
  • It strengthens their ­position as the highest paid squad in world rugby
England players are poised to share in a financial jackpot of over £20 million in a lucrative new four-year deal that strengthens their ­position as the highest paid squad in world rugby.

The new deal has been drawn up in the wake of last year’s World Cup, which the Rugby Football Union hosted to record profits.

With the RFU’s profit having rocketed by more than £100 million last season, England’s players will be paid almost twice their Six Nations rivals in Ireland and Wales.



Last season, the squad earned a bonus of £230,000 after defeating Australia in the third Test in June to complete a 3-0 series victory. The RFU also paid each player in the 23-man squad a bonus of £10,170 to move up from third to second place in the world rankings at the end of the season.

The RFU also paid each player in the 23-man squad a bonus of £10,170 to move up from third to second place in the world rankings at the end of the season.

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