It comes as no surprise that the difference in income between the England and Samoa rugby players is significant. However, the reported gap ahead of their upcoming November international says a lot. It is believed that those donning the Red Rose in Twickenham will pick up match fees in the region of £22,000, while their opponents’ wages will come in somewhere near £650.
It has since emerged that Samoan Rugby is flirting with bankruptcy.
According to a report today in the Daily Mail, England duo Mako Vunipola And Manu Tuilagi, who were born in Tonga and Samoa respectively, are calling on teammates to donate five percent of their wages to the opposition.
The loosehead prop explained to the Daily Mail what an impact it could make.
“If 23 England players give £1,000 each, that will make a lot of difference to the Islanders. We’re very lucky over here with the security we have from our clubs and England. A union as big as England get a lot of revenue so I’d like to see them help out Samoa.”
Tuilagi elaborated on the point.
“They’re close to bankruptcy – a million pounds in debt – and can you imagine a rugby world with no Samoa? A rugby world without Samoa is no rugby world to me. It would be very, very sad. There’s so much potential. With the right infrastructure and management, they can be as good as any team in the world.”
This is a lovely touch and is great to see!