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Wallabies’ $110,000 Bonus

Sydney: Wallabies players are set to be rewarded with an extra $110,000 bonus each should they win this year’s World Cup. While negotiations on bonuses had stalled earlier this year
20 Apr 2015 09:48
Wallabies’ $110,000 Bonus

Sydney: Wallabies players are set to be rewarded with an extra $110,000 bonus each should they win this year’s World Cup.

While negotiations on bonuses had stalled earlier this year amid speculation the cash-strapped ARU could look to scrap bonuses, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal talks are progressing well and it is expected the players’ demands of a total $3.3 million pool will be met.

Because Wallabies stars have accepted Test match payment cuts from $13,000 to $10,000 due to Australian rugby’s financial difficulties, the bonuses they’re seeking would essentially make it the same as what was on offer in 2011.

That year, players agreed to take a cut to World Cup match payments from $13,000 to $10,000 — and $11,000 for finals games — but agreed to share the bonus pool among all 30 players and not just the match-day 22.

Factoring in the match payments for the seven games to win the trophy, Wallabies players would get a total of $180,000, which is on top of their annual salary.

There is no bonus on offer for winning a quarter-final and the players are not seeking it. The ARU hasn’t needed to pay World Cup bonuses in 12 years anyway because the Wallabies last won a semi-final in 2003, but the matter is still a significant issue hovering above the powerbrokers of the game.

RUPA is understood to be asking for a $25,000 bonus for all 30 squad members should they win the 2015 semi-final, and $85,000 each for claiming the William Webb Ellis trophy at Twickenham on October 31.

By winning in 1999, the Wallabies players received a mere $30,000 bonus each.



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