England players receive pay rise as part of new four-year RFU deal
A new four-year, £20m deal for England players has been welcomed by Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie.
The new terms will see players earn in excess of £20,000 per Test match, excluding bonuses.
"These are exciting times for English Rugby, and the deal offers a significant uplift from the previous deal," said Ritchie.
The RFU posted record figures last year, with profit rising to over £100m after England hosted the World Cup.
England exited the World Cup in the group stage but have achieved success since under new coach Eddie Jones.
The new deal, which was negotiated by the Rugby Players Association, will cover training fees, image rights payments and squad performance bonuses.