Australian rugby players set for bumper pay rise


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    Australian Super Rugby players will reportedly receive about a 10 per cent pay rise despite waning interest in the game and uncertainty over the competition.

    Rugby Australia and players’ representatives have nutted out a new two-year collective bargaining agreement for an average $225,000 yearly wage in 2018, according to News Corp Australia.

    » Details of the new Rugby AU CBA announced

    The CBA is expected to be announced by outgoing Rugby Australia boss Bill Pulver and Rugby Union Players’ Association counterpart Ross Xenos at 10am AEDT on Wednesday.

    The deal is also expected to allow Super Rugby squads to increase by five players, while men’s and women’s sevens players’ base pay has been raised to a similar level to their XV-a-side colleagues.

    The pay rise comes after a difficult year for players, many of whom faced months of uncertainty as the governing body made the decision to axe the Western Force from the SANZAAR competition.

    Amid low crowd numbers, Australian teams also struggled on the park, with none of them able to beat a New Zealand-based franchise.

    There is also uncertainty over South Africa’s long-term involvement in the competition, with reports suggesting more sides could follow the axed Kings and Cheetahs to Europe.

    © AAP 2018

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    • January 10th 2018 @ 8:51am
      chappy said | January 10th 2018 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      Well, we cant have any extra money going to grassroots rugby. Tally-ho!

    • Roar Guru

      January 10th 2018 @ 9:46am
      PeterK said | January 10th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      of course with so fewer players with force being kicked out the same total player payments are spread across less players

    • January 10th 2018 @ 10:07am
      Sydneysider said | January 10th 2018 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      This is deceptive, since now that there is one less Aussie Super Rugby squad that means there is more money for less players.

      Nothing to see here.

      The new deal only goes to 2020 when the next SANZAAR TV deal is to be negotiated. Expect a lower sum for the Australian broadcast rights.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 10th 2018 @ 12:30pm
        piru said | January 10th 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        Except that the point of killing WA rugby was supposed to be to save money

        • January 10th 2018 @ 12:35pm
          mania said | January 10th 2018 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          agree. not much creativity here in rerouting funds. so instead of doing anything new (like chappy points out ; grassroots) they’ll just pay the excess to the players. what a great incentive to be mediocre
          u know when they get that money they will want more. that money couldve been held back as a reward bonus

        • January 10th 2018 @ 12:44pm
          Sydneysider said | January 10th 2018 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

          Very true Piru. It hasn’t saved money, it has used the same cash pool and redistributed to a smaller player pool.

          Got to wait for 2020 to see what the new deal brings to RA.

          • Roar Rookie

            January 10th 2018 @ 12:50pm
            piru said | January 10th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

            I’m sure there’s more to it (isn’t there always?)

            But it’d be pretty galling to lose a team so some players could get more money

            • January 10th 2018 @ 2:07pm
              Sydneysider said | January 10th 2018 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

              Feel for you Piru and the other WA based rugby fans.

              Rugby Australia are going to experience more pain this year.

              All other sports in Australia aren’t standing still, they are actually expanding and trying to promote their product more aggressively.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 8:02pm
        Train Without A Station said | January 11th 2018 @ 8:02pm | ! Report

        Actually the same money for less players I think.

        • January 12th 2018 @ 11:30pm
          Ex force fan said | January 12th 2018 @ 11:30pm | ! Report

          No more money for less players.

          • January 13th 2018 @ 8:40pm
            Train Without A Station said | January 13th 2018 @ 8:40pm | ! Report

            3% more money in total.

    • January 13th 2018 @ 12:08pm
      taylorman said | January 13th 2018 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      In a way theyre rewarding poor performance?, perhaps they could have targeted performance payments though the minimum rate is a pittance anyway. Good to see more money but pity about the cost of it.

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