The Springboks could be in for a cash windfall if they win this year’s Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
Stephen Nell reports for Die Burger that South African Rugby Players Association (Sarpa) chief executive Piet Heymans confirmed they are negotiating with SA Rugby about bonuses for a series victory.
“The uncontracted players will be paid a squad assembly fee. All the players, including the contracted ones, will be paid match fees and win bonuses. We are also negotiating a series win bonus,” said Heymans.
He did not want to mention any amounts.
However, if SA Rugby’s incentives are to be on a par with that offered to the Lions, each player should pocket around R160 000 for a series win.
“The Lions tour is huge. It’s like a mini World Cup,” said Heymans.
He hopes to conclude negotiations in the next week.
It was reported by rugby365.com that each of the touring 35 Lions players will receive R665 000. They will receive an additional R163 000 for winning the series.
The Lions squad will be announced on 21 April.
Meanwhile, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has said that his team will have a significant advantage over the squad that lost the series to the Lions in 1997.
“This is a big opportunity for us,” said De Villiers.
“There is a saying that history repeats itself. We won the World Cup in 1995 and two years later lost the series against the Lions.
“We won the World Cup again in 2007 and are again two years down the line. However, we have a big advantage over 1997. That year the coach (Carel du Plessis) was appointed the same year as the Lions’ arrival.
“Our team is now settled and used to the coaching staff. That is one big advantage people should not look past.”Tweet