15 May 2010

Third party to resolve England rugby pay dispute

4:11 pm on 15 May 2010

A pay dispute that threatens to overshadow England's rugby tour of Australia and New Zealand next month has still not been resolved after extensive negotiations.

Talks between the Rugby Football Union and Team England Rugby have drawn a blank and both sides have now agreed for an independent third party to deliver a recommendation that will be mutually binding.

England manager Martin Johnson this week named a 44-man squad for the five-match trip, which starts in Perth on June 8.

It's understood players who feature in England's test 22 against Australia had been proposed to receive additional match fees of more than 10 thousand dollars a test - plus a possible win bonus - on top of the basic 16 thousand dollar tour payment.