Recovered Bowe causes a scrum on the beach after training
THE Lions are set to share a jackpot of nearly €3m if Warren Gatland's side clinch the Test series against Australia.
Each player will receive a bonus of €14,000, on top of their €58,000 fee, should Sam Warburton's team secure a back-to-back victory at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium today.
If the Lions go on to win all three tests against the Wallabies, their bonus could rise by a further €5,000.
And it's not just the players themselves who benefit financially – the four home unions are to get a substantial fee for each international player they provide for the tour.
The overall cost of the trip is estimated at €18m. However, it is believed that the Lions' board is hopeful that a profit of more than €5m can be generated through sponsorship, TV rights and ticket sales.
A total of 30,000 fans have descended on Melbourne with the hope of witnessing a back-to-back Lions victory against the Wallabies. With today's game sold out, punters have been shelling out up to €1,000 online for a pair of match tickets.
In the starting 15 is Irish winger Tommy Bowe, who, after a recovery from a hand injury, joined his fellow Lions for a trip to the beach – and some female attention – yesterday.
Following a training session, the players had a cold-water recovery session on the beach in St Kilda, and they weren't the only sports stars in the vicinity. The Lions were mingling with a local women's American Football team, the Victoria Maidens.
Bowe was spotted introducing himself to a bikini-clad blonde. Another picture appeared to show a bevy of women following the player out of the water.
The 29-year-old broke a bone in his right hand three weeks ago, but it has recovered sufficiently to allow him to play.
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