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There's More Than Just A Championship On The Line For Ireland And England

There's More Than Just A Championship On The Line For Ireland And England
Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly
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The kind of money that is involved in rugby can be a bit of a mystery at times. In contrast to their footballing counterparts, the contract of the top rugby players simply isn't discussed as much. The money involved with Dan Carter or Johnny Sexton moving to France is sure to pique the interest of the casual fan but aside from that money in rugby rarely front and centre news.

Perhaps that's because the international scene is more important in rugby than it is in football. Rugby may be professional for the best party of twenty years but there is still a prevailing opinion that money is a distant second to passion when it comes to what is on a players mind.

You're there to win a Six Nations not make money. And that is probably universally true (it's probably true in football as well to be fair). Although, having said that, it turns out the money for winning a Six Nations is not too bad.


The Telegraph have dug up the financial figures ahead of this Saturday's Six Nations showdown and they make for interesting reading. If, deep down, rugby players are just interested in money, then England have more riding on Saturday's action.

As part of a package which makes them the best paid international team in the world, Stuart Lancaster's men are due to share a collective total of £2 million should they win the Six Nations.

That package is broken down to £370,000 to be shared among the squad for a Six Nations win with £15,000 per player for every game played equalling a £91,000 total payment for the campaign for a player who has appeared in every match.

Ireland, on the other hand, are set to rake in significantly less should Joe Schmidt's side claim a second consecutive Six Nations title. Ireland's win bonus stands at €230,000 (£165,000) to be shared among the squad with the total package breaking down to €44,000 (£32,000) for the entire campaign for players who have appeared in every game.


But, having said that, we all know that it's not money that they're after so we're not too worried that England will have more financial incentive to win.

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