England’s players will receive a healthy jackpot if they are able to capture a Six Nations Grand Slam this year, according to a report by The Telegraph.
The payout will be around £4 million, up from £3.5 million just two years ago when they won their second Six Nations title in a row in 2017. The payment pool includes a £1m bonus from the RFU, who is set to receive £25m in prize money if England can sweep the table and win all five of their championship matches.
The players can earn £25,000 per match for selection in the 23-gameday squad, a bump of £3,000 after post-match appearance incentives were combined with the regular match fee.
England’s bumper Grand Slam bonus pool, which equates to roughly £160,000 per player for a squad of 25, contrasts to that of their Irish counterparts.
Ireland’s stars will net a £65,850 (€75,000) bonus if they can repeat the Grand Slam achievement in 2019, for a total IRFU payout of £1.54 million (€1.725 million) for the squad, which pales in comparison to the RFU’s incentives.
Ireland’s players do not receive match-fees as they are already centrally-contracted to the IRFU and the bonus is believed to be in line with what the players’ got last year.
The tournament is expected to bring in €131 million of revenue, shared respectively to the size of each union and the number of clubs in their countries. A Six Nations title will be worth around €5.9m to the champions, dropping to around €1.7m for the bottom side.
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