"We Need Another €300,000" Portugal Confirm Financial Difficulties Ahead of Rugby World Cup - Ruck

“We Need Another €300,000” Portugal Confirm Financial Difficulties Ahead of Rugby World Cup

Portugal are reportedly undergoing financial difficulties ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. ‘Os Lobos’ have only ever qualified for the tournament once before in 2007, and their preparations for this year’s competition are proving to be far more costly than previously imagined.

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Portuguese sports news outlet A Bola reported how Carlos Amado da Silva, the president of the Portuguese Rugby Federation (FPR), acknowledged there have been difficulties in raising significant funds to cover the national team’s training camp preparations.

Amado da Silva told A Bola how “We will need at least €700,000 An internship (training camp) costs 150 thousand euros. We are going to do three internships.”

“Word Rugby (the international organization that organizes the world cup) put in 400 thousand, 200 plus 200. It’s not enough. And the rest? We need another €300,000.”

The FPR are enforced to pay the wages of the players who are taking away from their clubs for the training camps, regardless of their selection for the Rugby World Cup. The financial difficulties continue to build up higher for Portugal, with Amado da Silva publicly frustrated at the circumstances.

“The wages of (professional) players who lose out on being in the World Cup. You have to pay that. This costs another €150,000. Everything (all together) is €600,000” exclaimed Amado da Silva. “Where is the money?” he added.

“The time players are out has to be paid by us (FPR), as determined by legal provisions. And who pays the federation?”, he questioned. “We cannot be penalized for success. It doesn’t make sense,” he snapped.  

Despite the financial problems at hand for the Portugese national team, Amado da Silva ensured the players, staff and fans that they will still be heading to France in September. The preparation for Portugal’s first Rugby World Cup appearance in 16 years “is not at risk”, he said.