By Levi Matautia-Morgan & Bob Wandstraat - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The alarming disparity in match payments is again being highlighted by the Manu Samoa-England Test at Twickenham Stadium in London set for November 25th.
The expected sell-out crowd of 82,000 will put $18 million into England's coffers, with the English players taking home $40,000 each but, the Samoans will each be paid just $1200 each.
Manu Samoa rugby team. Photo/ PRN.
Manu Samoa Manager Ramsey Tomokino says although the gap in numbers is significant, it hasn't surprised him.
"There's obviously a difference with different audiences and they [England] obviously can pack out a stadium and make some money," he says. "That's just the reality of where we're at and where England Rugby is at. If England Rugby can put $40,000 pounds into their players' hands then they're doing something really well but we don't have that luxury."