They’re often depicted as football’s less fortunate cousins but England’s rugby players could share a £600,000 pot if they win the Six Nations Grand Slam.
According to the Times, should Eddie Jones’s side continue their promising form from the 15-9 victory over Scotland and claim England's first Grand Slam since 2003, they will be in line to share a handsome profit as part of an overall remuneration pot worth £2.3 million.
The English RFU already employ the best-paid rugby players on the planet with each England player receiving a £7,322 match fee for each test appearance.
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Should England claim the Six Nations title without winning a Grand Slam, as Martin Johnson’s side did in 2011, the England players would reportedly then share a reduced pot of around £350,000.
Though still sizeable sums, these jackpots pale into insignificance in comparison to the available winnings at last year’s Rugby World Cup.
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According to Telegraph Sport, had Stuart Lancaster’s squad won their own World Cup they would have shared a jackpot of almost £6million, through playing wages, image rights and training fees.
Lancaster’s team were knocked out within 15 days of the tournament’s opening ceremony, becoming the first host nation in the World Cup's history to fail to reach the knock-out stages.
Now under former Australia coach Jones, England will look to continue their revival with Sunday’s trip to Rome.
Tries from George Kruis and Jack Nowell against Scotland hinted at a more attacking approach under the new regime and England’s Tasmanian-born coach has subsequently urged his side to go and hand Italy a “good hiding”.
Former captain Chris Robshaw’s position in the back-row is reportedly under threat, with Harlequins teammate Jack Clifford in line for his first test start.
In that circumstance, Clifford would in all likelihood start at seven with James Haskell shifted to his preferred position on the blindside.
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