Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Blacks Given [Pounds Sterling]1million Incentive to Lift the World Cup

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Blacks Given [Pounds Sterling]1million Incentive to Lift the World Cup

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

NEW ZEALAND have been offered a [pounds sterling]1million bonus to win the Rugby World Cup in 2007.

The All Blacks, led by Tana Umaga (right), start their bid for a Grand Slam win over the Home Unions against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, but already know what winning the Cup for the first time since 1987 will be worth.

In a new three-year deal thrashed out by their players' union and the NZRFU, the players will get [pounds sterling]15,000 each for reaching the final in France.

This will be topped up to [pounds sterling]45,000 for the 22 players in the match squad if they lift the Cup.

In 2003, England shared their [pounds sterling]1.3m bonus pool among all 30 players in the squad, which meant each member received [pounds sterling]43,000. The All Blacks are also going to share in 34 per cent of money generated by the NZRFU from television and sponsorship packages during the duration of the deal, which ends in 2008. …

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