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Should England RFU fund Samoa RFU?
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England and Samoa, and the RFU and Samoan RU are pretty much opposites in every respect. On opposite sides of the globe, in different hemispheres, and very different finances, they really couldn’t be more different. Tomorrow they clash on the rugby pitch, but it is off the pitch the RFU, the richest Union in the world, face an impossible decision with regards to a possible payment to the apparently bankrupt Samoan RFU and players. 

The right thing to do, according to the media and rugby public, is to pay some money to the Samoan RFU as a donation. This would help the Union, and pay the players something approaching the market rate for a fixture that brings in over $7million for the RFU. The big question, how much is some money?<hr>

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**Should the RFU fund other nations**
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That Samoan players deserve money for playing a brutal game is undisputed. However, the England players receive up to $30000 per man, so a mooted offer in the region of $1500 per man for Samoa seems patronizing. Also, who would you pay the money to? The RFU can hardly pay players from both sides, but if the Samoan RU are bankrupt, would any money going to them make it to the players. There are rumours of corruption going around.

Then there is a possible fee to the Samoan RU. Last year, the RFU paid Fiji around $100,000 for their participation, but some are calling for Tier 2 nations to receive 50% of gate receipts or profits, which could be in the region of $2million. With Tier 2 nations wanting more games against the bigger teams, how this is manageable is anyone’s guess.<hr>

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**A Samoan Rugby Stadium**<hr>

The problem staring the RFU in the face is, if they do nothing, and countries such as Samoa can’t put out a decent side, then people will stop buying tickets for International games. If the public isn’t interested, then its unlikely the sponsors and TV companies will be either, and the RFU won’t generate as much money. However, give away money because it’s the right thing to do, could open up a Pandora’s Box of handouts. Suddenly every nation might want money to play England, France, or Wales, acclaiming they are in dire straits and in need of more money. This isn’t tenable financial or politically. 

This is a job for World Rugby. The governing organization generates money mainly from the Rugby World Cup. Samoa apparently received over $1.5m last year for example, but if they want more money because they’re bankrupt, then the Australian RU and NZRU, both in debt for millions, won’t be far behind. Suddenly the RFU, and probably the FFR are bankrolling the world game and taking money away from their grassroots, without being able to directly influence decisions, which would still be made by committee at World Rugby. A mess is the only description.<hr>

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**Twickenham Stadium, England**<hr>

However, if they do nothing, and England have no one to play, then international rugby suffers, and the English and French club games will get even more interesting to sponsors, TV companies and the paying fan.  These clubs already provide most of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga’s players, along with a growing number of South Africans, so they are already having an influence, and producing a similar quality product. Many say that Test Rugby is a higher level than the European Champions Cup even, but with a weakening international game would see club rugby taking over.

With new RFU CEO Steve Brown barely having his feet under the desk, a problem of this complexity and importance could hardly have come at a worse time for the RFU. An impossible choice, with any decision only really maintaining the status quo for a short time.  A proper, well thought out solution demands more input from others, but with no upsides, only the brave, stupid or desperate would go anywhere near this. Talk about a hospital pass. 
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@johnwjr7 ·
Whatever is best for the sport is what should be done.
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@masum652 ·
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@masum652 ·
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@john-unasa ·
Great to see this subject covered here in Steemit @steemsports. I am a Samoan living in New Zealand and I can tell you now it's not just a question of others paying for Samoans to participate. The case for Samoa is impacted on by it's own government and how all funds for sporting events as well as essential services are managed. Often a haphazard process of assumed spending with little evidence that the funds are going where they need to go, Manu Samoa has been plagued with the same issue for the last 2 decades and so I guess the real question for Samoa is, where the heck is the money we get from others but never seem to have? lol
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