Big pay increase for England players

Date published: November 3 2016

A new four-year deal with the Rugby Football Union has seen England players given a pay increase.

The Daily Telegraph reports England internationals will now earn more than £20,000 per match, excluding bonuses, thanks to the RFU making record profits over the last 12 months.

The RFU's profit increased to more than £100m in the last year, with England hosting the 2015 World Cup contributing to their success.

The new agreement is expected to be officially announced before England's Test against South Africa at Twickenham on November 12.

The Telegraph states the overall deal will be worth over £20m and represent a 30% increase on player payments, which will take their combined total for this season to more than £5.5m.

This is an overall increase of £1.2m from last year's deal.

"It has been a highly professional set of negotiations on both sides," said RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.

"We did a deal four years ago and the structure of that worked well. It's been very constructive. It's important that we cover over 2019 – so it will be another four-year deal. We are dotting the i's and crossing the t's between lawyers. We are very comfortable with it."