RFU to award Tonga a six-figure fee for Saturday’s test at Twickenham, while Eddie Jones players could win over £ 20,000 per game as part of a new match fee deal
- England players could win nearly £ 23,000 per test as part of a new deal
- RFU has offered financial assistance to Tonga as part of a new development partnership
- Pacific Islanders Visit Twickenham Saturday for International Fall Test
- South Africa does not expect Rassie Erasmus to be banned from test against Wales
The RFU agreed to a new match fee agreement with England players that could see them win close to £ 23,000 per game, as well as award a six-figure fee to opponents from Tonga, who are cash-strapped on Saturday.
England’s team received a 25 per cent pay cut last year due to the pandemic, which left them at £ 17,250 per game.
The new deal is based on incentives, with players only receiving the full amount if they win.
There could be an additional bonus if the RFU’s financial performance exceeds its forecasts, but that is unlikely to happen any time soon.
The new match fees dwarf those of their upcoming opponents, with just £ 500 typically offered for Tonga players.
However, the RFU has offered financial assistance as part of a new development partnership, which also involves reciprocal exchange of coaches.
RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said England wanted a closer relationship with Tonga.
Cash-tight clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon after losing to Scotland
England will loan a doctor, physiotherapist, analyst and director of operations to the Tonga party for its autumn campaign as part of a “knowledge sharing” agreement.
RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said: ‘Diversity is central to our strategic plan and we are delighted that our England teams have the opportunity to gain great knowledge of Tonga and its rich rugby heritage. We look forward to a closer working relationship with Tonga. ”
South Africa, meanwhile, does not expect Rassie Erasmus to be kicked out of his Test against Wales on Saturday, with a verdict on his referee spiel during the Lions series looming.
South Africa hopes head coach Rassie Erasmus will not be sanctioned for Test against Wales
“We hope he’s with us, that was always the plan,” assistant coach Deon Davids said.
Alun Wyn Jones will learn the fate of his injury today, having injured his shoulder against the All Blacks, and his next opponents acknowledge that they will miss him greatly.
“If he’s not playing, it’s definitely a loss for them,” Boks winger Kwagga Smith said.
In the Premiership, there are more problems in Bath. During their sixth straight loss of the season against Wasps, lock Mike Williams and kitman Steve Middleton were sent off and face penalties tonight.