Lan­caster’s men in line for £6m jack­pot if they lift the Webb El­lis Cup

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 - Ex­clu­sive By Gavin Mairs RUGBY NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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