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England Women agree historic pay deal for autumn matches

From BBC - November 15, 2017

England's women will receive a match fee for the first time during the autumn internationals after the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Players' Association finalised a deal.

The RFU will pay a match fee, while the wider squad will get a training fee.

The figures are confidential, although the BBC understands a player involved in all matches will make between 4,000 and 5,000 in total this autumn.

England face Canada in a three-Test series this month.

The opener for coach Simon Middleton's side is at Allianz Park on Friday.

While the women's XV-a-side contracts were controversially not renewed following the Rugby World Cup, it's hoped the new payment plan will represent a milestone in the women's game.

Under the terms of the new deal, the women's players will not be salaried employees of the RFU, but will be paid when on England duty in the autumn, Six Nations, and summer tour.

The match fee for the women's players is vastly lower than that received by their male counterparts, which can be explained by a variety of factors such as attendances and commercial reach.

While Twickenham regularly reaches its 82,000 capacity for a men's international, the women's opener with Canada has, in comparison, sold 1,500 tickets.

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