Bankrupt Samoa and the rugby wage gap
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.