No Triple Crown bonus for England
March 7, 2014
England players will not receive extra money for beating Wales on Sunday © Getty Images
England's attempt to win the Triple Crown against Wales on Sunday will not result in a financial bonus for Stuart Lancaster's men, meaning they could be out-of-pocket compared to their Home Nations rivals.
The Telegraph reports that England's elite player squad agreement only offers financial rewards for a Six Nations Grand Slam or a championship win. This means England will receive no extra money if they win on Sunday to make it a clean sweep of victories against the other Home Nations.
This is in contrast to the agreement in Wales, where players are offered a bonus of around £20,000 each for winning the Triple Crown. Having lost to Ireland earlier in the tournament, Wales can no longer win the trophy, but their players are also thought to be in line for bonuses worth up to £40,000 depending on where they finish in the table.
England's players remain on track for a share of a £368,000 fund if they win the championship, although defeat away to France on the opening weekend means the £600,000 Grand Slam bonus is no longer available.
The lack of a Triple Crown bonus marks a move by England to reward players for more long-term success. The squad is instead rewarded with a higher match fee and overall tournament win bonuses.
England players receive £15,000 per match, making them the best paid internationals in the world. Wales' pay structure uses a stronger bonus element, with players receiving £5,000 in match fees and a £5,000 win bonus per match.
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