England fee cut by 25pc Players agree £5,750 drop
England’s players will accept a £5,750 cut to their match fee this autumn, having acknowledged that it will be for the good of the game given the Rugby Football Union’s difficult financial situation.
Discussions between England’s players and the RFU had been taking place for some time, but an agreement has now been reached for a decrease from £23,000 to £17,250, a drop of 25 per cent.
“There is no England product without the players, but they are conscious not to push the matter any further,” a leading agent said. The payment covers each player’s match fee plus training and image rights.