Tuesday 19 November 2019

Revealed: England's flops will pocket a huge bonus if they deny Ireland a Grand Slam

Ireland's Rory Best (centre) leads the players in a warm up during the training session ahead of the Grand Slam showdown. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Ireland's Rory Best (centre) leads the players in a warm up during the training session ahead of the Grand Slam showdown. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Gavin Mairs

The English Football Union will collect a Six Nations windfall of around €23.7m (£21m) - more than any other side - if they prevent champions Ireland from completing a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday and clinch second place in the championship.

England's players are also expected to earn more than their Irish counterparts - even if Eddie Jones' side are defeated and end up fifth place.

It is understood that Ireland's players will share a Grand Slam jackpot of €2.3m (£2m) if they defeat England for what would be only their third clean sweep in the history of the championship.

The Irish players will earn up to a maximum of €100,000 (£88,500) each, depending on what type of contract they are on and their bonus structure, if they have been part of all five match-day squads.

The figure will drop to a maximum of €85,000 (£75,000) each for winning the title without the Grand Slam.

In contrast, the England squad are guaranteed to earn around £115,000 each, irrespective of where they finish, as they receive a total of £23,000 per match including match and training fees and image rights.

The English RFU windfall is part of the complex payment structure to distribute the revenues generated by the Six Nations, which is thought to be around £105m. Seventy-five per cent of the revenues are divided equally between the six unions - which this season should mean each is guaranteed a payment of around £13.1m.

The 15pc is allocated for prize money, based on final championship standings.

Any team winning the Grand Slam will receive 5.5pc in prize money, equating to around £5.77m, with second place due to receive 3.3pc (£3.47m), third place 2.3pc (£2.42m), fourth place 1.8pc (£1.89m), fifth place 1.3pc (£1.36m) and sixth place 0.8pc (£840,000).

If no team wins the Grand Slam, the Six Nations champions will receive £4.73m (4.5pc), with the payment for second place £3.68  million, third place £2.63 million, fourth place £2.1 million, fifth place £1.58 million and sixth place £1.05 million.

While the majority of the revenue is distributed equally, England and France are also guaranteed a ring-fenced payment of £4.2m (four per cent of revenues) and £3.68 million (3.5 per cent) respectively because of the number of clubs in their respective unions.

The other four unions - Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy - will in contrast receive roughly £656,000 (0.625 per cent).

That means the maximum Ireland can receive will be around £19.55 million if they win the Grand Slam.

An England victory on Saturday however would see that figure drop to £18.51 million - and see England's total rise to £21 million if they can also pip Wales to second place. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Hartley and Daly doubts for finale

Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly have emerged as doubts for England’s clash with Ireland just hours after being cleared to start.

Defence coach Paul Gustard insisted at lunchtime yesterday that the pair had recovered from their respective calf and foot problems and were available for selection. But following an afternoon training session, their availability was placed in jeopardy by medical checks.

England have delayed their team announcement until lunchtime today to give the duo as much time as possible to recover from their injuries.

Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes are definitely out, with the back-five forwards scheduled to undergo surgery to repair ligament damage this week.

Eddie Jones is planning at least three changes. A return for Hartley would see Jamie George drop to the bench and Owen Farrell relieved of the captaincy he held against France.

Prop Dan Cole and fly-half George Ford are also under pressure for their places in the team.


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