16 Jul 2011

The $5 million World Cup Wallabies

11:58 am on 16 July 2011

As if lifting the Webb Ellis trophy wouldn't be sweet enough, now the Wallabies have been promised a $5 million windfall if they win this year's Rugby World Cup.

The Australian Rugby Union and the Players' Association say they have reached an enticing agreement to provide the Wallabies with even more motivation to land a record third World Cup.

The squad's pledged to split the money 30 ways, regardless how many minutes each individual spends on the field, so every Wallaby could pouch $163,000.

But they'll have to accept a decrease in their regular Test-match payments in order to maximise their prospective bonus.

Australia's seeded to meet Wales in the quarter-finals in Wellington on October 8, France or England in the semi-finals in Auckland on October 15 and South Africa or the top-ranked All Blacks in the final in Auckland on October 23.