Bank­rupt Samoa and the rugby wage gap

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby | Autumn Internationals -

The match against Scot­land did go ahead but World Rugby will be ask­ing it­self some hard ques­tions af­ter Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) de­clared it­self bank­rupt.

“We are bank­rupt. In other words we are in­sol­vent . . . We also need money to pay the play­ers,” said prime min­is­ter and SRU chair­man Sailele Maliel­e­gaoi (in­set). Lit­tle has been done to help fil­ter down large amounts of money to the tier-two na­tions. The RFU gen­er­ates a sum of around £10 mil­lion (¤11.3 mil­lion) when­ever Eng­land play at home. How­ever, Samoan play­ers are said to be ex­pect­ing ¤735 for play­ing against Eng­land, while the home team play­ers clear ¤25,000 for their af­ter­noon’s work.

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