New deal for England players

England Rugby has negotiated a new contract that will allow match fees to be paid to players.

The deal, that will last for four years, was negotiated by Rugby Players Association and will give the players £22,000 for each match they play according to

The deal could add up to £20million over four years with training fees, image rights payments and squad performance bonuses considered.

"These are exciting times for English Rugby, and the deal offers a significant uplift from the previous deal," Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie told

"We are delighted to have finalised a four-year agreement with the players ahead of the first test in the Old Mutual Wealth Series tomorrow.

"We would like to thank the RPA for their positive and constructive contribution to the new deal."