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England's senior rugby players will hold a meeting to discuss sharing match fees after Samoa’s rugby union side were declared bankrupt.

The country's prime minister on Wednesday declared that the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) had gone into liquidation ahead of their autumn tour.

Tests against Scotland and England will still go ahead as planned, and winger Anthony Watson has revealed the England players wish to help.

England players will pocket £22,000 each from the Twickenham Test — compared to just £650 for their Pacific Island opponents. There are proposals for England players to donate £1,000 each.

Watson stated: “Now they are bankrupt, it's definitely something we will discuss going into the week when we play Samoa.

“Everyone appreciates what Samoan players do across the Premiership. They are the most naturally gifted players on the planet.”

The RFU have offered the Pacific Islanders £75,000 as a gesture of goodwill. Former Fiji coach Ben Ryan has claimed that the figure should be heavily inflated.

Despite claims the Samoan side do not have insurance, team manager Aloi Alesana reaffirmed that the Tests will not be abandoned.

“Nothing has affected our allowance payments and our focus must remain on preparing for the games. Our preparation has been good.”

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The travelling Samoans initially asked the RFU for £150,000. The RFU negotiated on half that amount. Samoa-born centre Manu Tuilagi has stated his desire for the amount to be sent directly to the players.

“The boys have been getting paid the same or less since 1991. How can they let this happen? You can't develop a rugby team like that.

“The problem is internal with the people running it. I think the money should go straight to the players. If it goes to the union, the players won't see a penny.”

A Just Giving page has been established by Pacific Rugby Welfare to help fund the cash-strapped SRU.

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Their bankruptcy has prompted former Samoa captain Dan Leo to call for widespread reform over revenue sharing for Test matches.

“I don't think £75,000 will make much difference in the long term but every little helps.

“Hopefully all of this will lead to a wider conversation with World Rugby about finding a sustainable way forward. We can't just rely on charity.”

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