Rugby World Cup final: The World Cup final is just around the corner and it promises to be the perfect showcase between two enormously talented sides in England and South Africa.
England stormed past New Zealand 19-7 last weekend in the weekend’s most pulsating semi-final, while the Springboks edged out Wales 16-19 in a grittier affair.
Aside from writing their names into English rugby folklore – they would be only the second ever Red Rose team to lift the Webb Ellis trophy – what are the financial gains for Eddie Jones’ squad should they defeat the Springboks on Saturday?
How much England’s players stand to earn
Our Rugby News Correspondent, Gavin Mairs, reported that the actual prize money for winning the World Cup from World Rugby is only £325,000, around £10,000 per player. The RFU, however, have stumped up a cumulative tournament jackpot of £7 million, around £220,000 per player, should England win the World Cup final. It was the largest financial incentive of any team in Rugby World Cup history.
Before we even reached the final weekend, however, England’s 31-man squad received match fees, whether or not they featured in the match-day squads, of £13,000 per player for each of England’s four pool matches, including the clash with France that was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.
For context, England’s players receive a fee of £23,000 for Six Nations matches, but the £13,000 World Cup figure does not include image rights because the tournament is overseas and there are no commercial opportunities.
In a significant change to the 2015 payment structure, the England players received cumulative bonus payments, increasing from the quarter-finals in a four-tiered bonus structure, with a shared payment of just over £2.5m guaranteed for winning the final.
England’s stunning 19-7 victory over New Zealand triggered a bonus payment of just over £1.2m alone, around £41,200 a player, while a win over the Springboks on Saturday would be worth another bonus of just over £2.5m, around £82,000 per player.
There is another spanner in the works, however, and that is the cost of England’s ticket allocation for the final. The players will pay over £200,000 collectively if they take their full allocation of tickets so that family members and friends can attend the World Cup final in Yokohama on Saturday.
England’s players have been inundated with requests for tickets following the stunning semi-final victory over New Zealand last Saturday, with family and friends flooding to Tokyo in order to see England’s biggest match since their last appearance in the final in 2007.
It is understood that each player receives two free tickets from World Rugby but can then also purchase up to eight tickets at a face value price of £800 each for the premium seats, costing each player £6,400 – a total of £204,800 if all 32 players (including injured scrum-half Willi Heinz) take up their full allocation.