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NZ Rugby World - - The Breakdown -

STRIKE NEW PAY DEAL

THE BLACK FERNS HAVE

FI­NALLY EARNED clas­si­fi­ca­tion as a high per­for­mance team fol­low­ing an agree­ment about a land­mark pay deal.

This year will see the 30 lead­ing women’s XV-a-side play­ers earn re­tain­ers as well as match fees, with a host of other ben­e­fits com­ing their way.

Un­der the terms of the new deal, the top seven play­ers will re­ceive a re­tainer of $20,000 a year, with a fur­ther seven gain­ing $17,500, an­other seven $15,000 and the re­main­ing nine play­ers $12,500 each.

On top of that, play­ers se­lected to the Black Ferns squad will as­sem­ble for ap­prox­i­mately 50 days per year for train­ing camps and fix­tures for which they will be paid $2,000 per week, adding an­other $14,00015,000 to their po­ten­tial earn­ings.

A fur­ther $100,000 will be made avail­able from a newly-cre­ated Black Ferns Legacy Fund and al­lo­cated across the 30-per­son squad.

Mem­bers of the 2017 World Cup win­ning Black Ferns squad will also re­ceive a one-o gross pay­ment of $10,000 to be­come Rugby World Cup legacy am­bas­sadors, which will see them un­der­take an agreed amount of pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­ity to help pro­mote and grow rugby.

Play­ers will be ex­pected to de­vote 10-14 hours per week to rugby, leav­ing them free to pur­sue study or ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side rugby.

NZRPA CEO Rob Ni­chol said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the women’s 15 game. It is a longterm sus­tain­able model that o ers gen­uine path­ways and sup­port for fe­male play­ers on and o the field, and that we can build on in the fu­ture.

“It is a credit to those play­ers who over sev­eral decades have built such a strong plat­form, based on an out­stand­ing cul­ture and phe­nom­e­nal in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, that has en­abled this pro­fes­sional per­for­mance pro­gramme to come to fruition. It is pleas­ing that the 2017 Rugby World Cup Black Ferns will be ac­knowl­edged for the im­pe­tus and in­spi­ra­tion they have given the game on the back of their suc­cess.”

PAY DIRT The Black Ferns have been re­warded with bet­ter pay­ment terms and other ben­e­fits in a land­mark new deal.

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