Lancaster’s men in line for £6m jackpot if they lift the Webb Ellis Cup
England players will share a jackpot of almost £6 million if they win the World Cup, by far the largest incentive ever for any team, The
Daily Telegraph can reveal. Tonight’s line-up for the opening game of the tournament at Twickenham will share a combined match fee of £345,000, with each member of the matchday squad netting £15,000 – more than twice that paid to any other country.
The £15,000 figure is split roughly into a £7,000 match fee, £7,000 for image rights and a £1,000 training fee – and that is just the beginning of the handsome payments and bonuses, which will mount up the further England go.
In contrast, the Fiji squad, whose overseas-based players had to pay their own flights to meet up in Fiji before World Rugby paid for their travel and accommodation during the tournament, will receive only £500 a week living expenses from their Union.
England’s match fee does not include the bonus payments should they go on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 2003.
The Telegraph can reveal that Stuart Lancaster’s whole squad will share a bonus of £1,188,292 if they were to go out at the pool stage – an extra payment per player of £38,332. If they were to exit in the quarter-finals, that would rise to £1,343,323 – £43,333 per player. Reaching the semi-finals would trigger a payment of £1,550,000 – £50,000 per player.
Should Lancaster’s squad reach the final at Twickenham on Oct 31, and finish as runners-up, the squad would secure a shared fee of £1,808,323 – £58,333 per player. Winning the World Cup would secure that fee plus a further win bonus of £1,653,323, (£53,333 per player) taking the total, without match fees, to £3,461,555.
Any player who participates in all seven World Cup games would receive a total of £105,000 in match fees, taking their tournament total for winning the World Cup to £216,666 per player. The total payment – on the basis of 23 players earning seven match fees – would be £5,876,555.
The pay structure was agreed to ensure there was no repeat of the row in the build-up to the 2011 World Cup that led to some players threatening to boycott the official send-off dinner. Lewis Moody, the former England captain, who led
the negotiations with the Rugby Football Union in 2011, said that there had previously been a feeling among the England squad that it was a case of “us versus them”.
The 2011 squad were eventually paid a tournament fee of £1.25 million – just under £42,000 per player for reaching the quarter-finals.
That would have risen by £100,000 if they had won the World Cup, including a win bonus of £2.5 million.
The Telegraph revealed in March that England squad would have shared a bonus of almost £370,000 if they had won the Six Nations title. The deal between the players and the RFU expires next year.