Shocking difference in player earnings over Manu Samoa’s $32 million test match against England

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Manu Samoa perform the Manu Siva Tau.

Manu Samoa perform the Manu Siva Tau. (Photo: photosport)

From a test match against England worth $32million at Twickenham, Manu Samoa players stand to receive $2,100 each whole their opponents will pocket $72,100 each from the exercise next month.

The figures have been revealed by Sportsmail in a story that has turned head across the world.

According to the Mail Online, Samoa’s players will earn just £650 (T$2,100) each from next month’s £10million (T$32million) Test against England at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones’ England stars, in stark contrast, will pocket £22,000 (T$72,000) each for the autumn international tie.

World Rugby have no rule that host nations share matchday revenue — despite England never playing a Test in Samoa to balance the books — and the governing body have been urged to change the policy.

Last year the RFU, who will cover all of Samoa’s costs, donated £75,000 to Fiji following a request from their union, but it is understood Samoa have made no such request.

“People are up in arms for a few days but then they move on and World Rugby do nothing about it,” said former Samoa captain Dan Leo.

“We still have the same dated system where the hosts keep all the revenue — meaning the Pacific Islands get nothing because the big nations never play there.

“If each Samoa player got, say, £4,000, that would set them up for a year.

“There are guys who work as tradesman in Samoa in that team, some living beneath the poverty line and with a lack of resources it’s a risk to their welfare to play teams like England.

“For every Charles Piutau earning £1million there are a bunch of guys on the breadline.”

Sportsmail understands that Georgia’s players will earn £625 per Test, as well as a performance-related bonus.

A World Rugby spokesman said: ‘Bilateral Test matches are arranged by the unions of the competing teams.

“The details of any revenue share agreements would be agreed between them.

“World Rugby invests heavily on an annual basis to support the development and performance of rugby unions in Oceania, in particular Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

“An estimated £20m will be invested over the four-year cycle 2016-19 across those three unions.”

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