Richard Ferguson

The Aussies have it rough!

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Wallabies on 23 Oct 2013 at 11:11
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Not only do the poor buggers have to actually live IN Australia, but now playing for your National team will result in a lower salary.

I am referring to the pay-cut the Australian rugby players have accepted, this following the news that their union is practically bankrupt. The only reason the Wallabies got any salaries this year, is thanks to the British and Irish Lions tour, which made some a good bit of bob. Earlier indications from within Australia seem to show that Australian Rugby shows a larger deficit every year. The last reported deficit was around 19 million Ausie Dollars (R180 million)

(FYI – For those not quite in the know, a growing deficit means that the money received by Rugby Australia is less than the money spent by Rugby Australia, and can be likened to an overdraft. An increasing overdraft, without ever looking to be in a position to repay such overdraft, is why the Australians are introducing these cuts)

According to reports on Sport24 this morning, the players have accepted a 23% reduction in their match fees, which previously was a mere 13 000 Aus Dollars (About R120 000). The new match fee is a lowly 10 000 Aus Dollars (R95 000) per match. How these poor rugby players survive, heaven only knows.

There is a positive in all this, the players now receive a greater percentage of the revenue generated. Previously, the players’ share of the total income was 26%, which has no been increased to 29%. All in all, it is tough to play rugby in Australia, and one really has to feel sorry for these poor souls, now more than ever!


  • I feel a tear in my eye……….tears of laughter! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.10.13 11:17:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • It boggles the mind that this is the same union that seems to be calling all the shots in SANZAR??

    A copy of an “An Idiot’s Guide to Rugby” has been dispatched. Hopefully there’s a Saffer nearby to help them make sense of all the words.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.10.13 11:26:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How the hell do they have any say in SANZAR, they can’t even make a financial success of rugby in their own country?!?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.10.13 12:42:42 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) :
    I’d love to know too.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.10.13 13:23:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : They ruined Super Rugby to save their sinking ship – and ended up letting the ship sink anyway. But then again, SARU is being propped up by Multichoice and their extortionate prices.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.10.13 14:11:37 by MerckZ Reply

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  • Completely off the topic…but what are the costs involved for a sharksworld android app like supersport’s got?

    Just a question…

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.10.13 18:33:44 by capesharks Reply

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  • How much does a Bok make per match?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.13 22:55:45 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 7) :

    I think it is pretty close to that in Rand terms, if not a bit more..

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.13 08:24:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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