Vunipola & Tuilagi Want England Teammates To Donate Some Wages To Samoa
England duo Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi have urged their teammates to donate five percent of their wages to their upcoming opponents Samoa after their Test on November 25.
The difference in income between the two nations is astronomical, with England players set to earn match fees in the region of £22,000, while the Samoans will earn around £650.
Samoan Rugby is close to bankruptcy according to reports, and Vunipola and Tuilagi are determined to help them
“If 23 England players give £1,000 each, that will make a lot of difference to the Islanders,” Mako Vunipola told the Daily Mail.
“We’re very lucky over here with the security we have from our clubs and England. A union as big as England get a lot of revenue so I’d like to see them help out Samoa.”
Manu Tuilagi echoed Vunipola’s sentiments.
“They’re close to bankruptcy – a million pounds in debt – and can you imagine a rugby world with no Samoa? A rugby world without Samoa is no rugby world to me,” he said.
“It would be very, very sad. There’s so much potential. With the right infrastructure and management, they can be as good as any team in the world.”