HomeFinanceRugby Australia Set To Save $2.5 Million With Extended Pay Deal To End Of 2021

Rugby Australia Set To Save $2.5 Million With Extended Pay Deal To End Of 2021

Rugby Australia Set To Save $2.5 Million With Extended Pay Deal To End Of 2021

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ugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) have announced the extension of an amended collective bargaining agreement (CBA) through to the end of 2021.

The extended CBA has seen a significant reduction to the Wallaby player payment pool, with Rugby Australia set to save $2.5 million each year, which, according to reports from The Age, means there will be a reduction of 50% in match fees.

As part of the CBA, RUPA will be consulted concerning any future changes to the Super Rugby competition and will have a seat on any Rugby Australia committee, commission, or discussion group responsible for deciding on any changes related to the competition.

Rugby Australia CEO, Andy Marinos, said the amended CBA will allow Australian rugby’s new leaders to start from a united and secure foundation with security for professional players.

“I want to thank RUPA CEO, Justin Harrison, and his team for a robust and reasonable negotiation and extend my gratitude to the professional players who have embraced their responsibility in managing the game through the COVID-19 health and economic crisis,” Marinos said.

“We are now built to not just survive but to thrive in this COVID affected sporting landscape, with the reduction in minimum squad requirements providing teams with the ability to flexibly manage their own financial implications.

“We look forward to working closely with RUPA in establishing a new CBA for 2022 and beyond, and continue to address the key issues of pay equality, player’s welfare, and high-performance objectives,” he said.

RUPA CEO, Justin Harrison, said: “Australia’s professional rugby players have again recognised their responsibility in ensuring the financial security of the game and are steadfast in that commitment.”

“I would like to acknowledge the ongoing partnership between Rugby Australia and RUPA, with particular mention to Ben Whitaker, Adam Foulsham, and Hamish McLennan for their forthright and transparent approach.

“We all have a common goal for rugby in Australia, a unity of purpose and the pragmatic, transparent and collaborative approach adopted by all parties will continue to allow for positive change,’’ Harrison said.

RUPA president, Matt To’omua, also said the game of rugby in Australia has a bright future.

“I would like to commend Rugby Australia for the spirit of these negotiations, which have happened during a time of great uncertainty and upheaval but have always been respectful, transparent and fair,” To’Omua said.

“The players are passionate about the game in Australia and want to see it succeed on-and-off the field on a consistent basis.

“We’re also acutely aware of the broader impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on society as a whole and acknowledge our fortunate position as professional players that are well supported by values-led organisations.

“We too are excited about the upcoming negotiations for the 2022 CBA, as well as the bright future ahead for our game,” he said.

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