Big spenders

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Eng­land are to have un­prece­dented fi­nan­cial sup­port in their ef­forts to win the 2019 World Cup. The Rugby Foot­ball Union has told Ed­die Jones, the head coach, it will spend what it takes to en­sure his cam­paign is suc­cess­ful. A record war chest of more than £120 mil­lion

(NZ$233.5m) is to be in­vested in the pro­fes­sional game over the next two years and the RFU has given the green light to the "de­tailed and com­pre­hen­sive plans" of Jones for the build-up to the tour­na­ment in Ja­pan. Ex­pen­di­ture on pro­fes­sional rugby in Eng­land soared last year by over 50 per cent to a record

£63.7 mil­lion ($124 mil­lion). In­vest­ment go­ing into the 2015 World Cup was £44.3 mil­lion

($86.2 mil­lion).

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