England Women reach pay deal with RFU ahead of autumn internationals

England's women have agreed a new pay deal with the RFU
England's women have agreed a new pay deal with the RFU

The Rugby Football Union has confirmed match and squad fees for England Women's players ahead of their autumn internationals.

This will be the first time England Women's players will receive a match based fee while the players in the Elite Player Squad will also receive a training fee in addition.

According to reports, it is understood that players who feature in every game this month will receive between £4,000 and £5,000 as compared to the previous season where they were on a one-year contract.

"We have been working with the Rugby Players Association and a representative group of players to agree a pay structure," an RFU spokeswoman said.

"The pay deal includes squad and match fees and is another step forward in our drive to professionalise the women's game in England."

According to the deal, the women's players will now not be a salaried professional of RFU but will be paid according to their stint during the autumn internationals, Six Nations, and the summer tour.

England will take on Canada in a three match series between 17th and 25th November with Allianz Park, Twickenham Stoop and Twickenham being the venues.