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  #2416750 12-Feb-2020 15:47
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One thing I wonder about, but don't have any insight into, was how the pro players get paid.


Are all SR players getting the same, or is it on a tiered system whereby say Richie McCaw gets paid more than say Matt Todd. Is it a flat rate regardless of what how many games they play and what happens if a player is out with Injury, and then if they then go and play for the AB's are the AB's paid a base salary and then for every test they are selected they get an additional fee?





Its a tiered system. I used to know the rates a few years ago.....perhaps more than a few years:-)


SuperRugby used to be $80k-$180k


AB's used to be up to $400k (Richie/Dan) and this was on top of SR and Provincial payments.


So, the better the player than the more they earn.


All players have insurance, but it depends on the level of injury for when this kicks in.


7's used to be paid a small retainer and then appearance money per tournament but this was changed a few years ago so that they get the same as a SR player. If you look at the 7's team their players are more settled now as they can make a reasonable living.

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  #2416758 12-Feb-2020 16:24
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I'll come back to the above a bit later, I am still thinking things though :)

On another note, it seems that we have the usual two trolls in the media, but now, Hamish Bidwell seems to be trying to get in on the action. We don't really need more, so that's a shame. I don't recall him being like that in the past.

What did he wrote that you consider trolling? I read his article that addresses many of the same points I've written about. It wasn't positive towards the NZRU but why should it be?

One positive that I do see with Mark Robinson is that the media seems far more willing to be critical of New Zealand rugby and question their strategy. It can only be a good thing

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