Poms cop $26K bonus hit af­ter Brexit

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Syd­ney:

Ed­die Jones warned his play­ers against com­pla­cency against the Wal­la­bies yes­ter­day, but the tum­bling value of the Bri­tish pound fol­low­ing the Brexit de­ci­sion may be weigh­ing on their minds more heav­ily than a 2-0 se­ries lead as the squad deals with $26,000 in lost bonus pay­ments. Eng­land play­ers were promised £230,000 (F$648, 710) in bonus earn­ings if they fin­ished their sea­son ranked as the world No.2 side. Re­gard­less of what hap­pens, Eng­land is set to re­main the No.2 side be­hind the All Blacks hav­ing al­ready claimed the se­ries last Satur­day. How­ever, the value of their bonuses have sunk on the back of the de­ci­sion of their coun­try­men to opt out of the Euro­pean Union.

The Bri­tish pound went into free fall fol­low­ing the “Brexit” de­ci­sion to leave, and the £230,000 pound bonus that was worth $453,261 four days ago slumped to $427,570 last Fri­day. That sum, to be shared among the squad, means each player has lost about $1100 al­ready, and po­ten­tially more if the for­eign cur­rency mar­ket con­tin­ues to crash. The Brexit de­ci­sion was a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion af­ter Eng­land fin­ished their fi­nal train­ing session at Al­lianz Sta­dium last Fri­day, and play­ers took to so­cial me­dia after­wards to ex­press their dis­plea­sure re­gard­ing the break­away. AAP

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