Ever wondered what Rugby players are paid to play for their national teams ? Well just like all other major sports top rugby players bigger chunk of income comes from their professional contracts with their respective clubs but all Rugby Union international teams also compensate players with a fixed match fee plus performance related bonuses. We take a look at some of the top international rugby teams salary packages.
International Rugby Player Salaries: Most of the players in top rugby nations like England, France, New Zealand and Australia etc have professional contracts with their clubs. France and England has the best rugby leagues and they attract players from all around the world. Average monthly salary of top pros in Europe is around £45,000 a month while the highest paid player Dan Carter earns £1.4 million a year with his 3 year deal with French side “Racing Metro”.
Today however we take a look at how the players are paid by their national rugby federations. All top Rugby Union countries pay according to similar model.
|England||£15,000 per match (£7,000 for match fee, £7,000 image rights, £1,000 for training free) plus performance bonuses for example if England win Six Nations 2016 whole squad will share £600,000.|
|Australia||AU$10,000 per match plus performance related bonuses for example reaching world cup 2015 final every squad player was paid AU$50,000 in bonus|
|New Zealand||NZ$7,500 per match plus performance bonuses for example every member of 2015 world cup winning team was paid NZ$140,000|
|Wales||£5,300 per match (Wales players will earn around £45,000 in bonuses if they win the 2016 Six Nations title)|
|South Africa||$6,000 per match (plus team performance bonuses)|
|France||€12,000 per match (plus performance related bonuses)|
|Ireland||£5,000 per match|
English rugby pay rise: England players are currently negotiating a pay rise with RFU (England rugby union federation) which will come into play from 1st July 2016 and will run until Rugby World Cup 2019. Apparently all players selected to represent England Rugby at international level will be paid around £25,000 per match plus performance bonuses like if England were to win the world cup 2019 every player will earn £250,000.