Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has disclosed his players get paid around £14 for each day they are on tour ahead of their meeting with England at Twickenham this weekend.
RFU, the world’s richest union, pays its players £28,000 for every match they play, but Kiwi coach Joseph outlined how different things are for the 2019 Rugby World Cup host nation.
“Our home-based guys here are amateur, they are employees of companies. They get 2,000 yen a day, while our professional players, the foreigners we have in our team, don’t get paid for playing for Japan,” Joseph explained.
“But they do it because they want to play a high level of rugby that they don’t get in Japan.”
England’s form so far this autumn appears to have buried their troubles which struck in a disappointing Six Nations campaign and a 2-1 series defeat on tour to South Africa in June.
A payback win over the Boks in their autumn opener and a enthralling display against the All Blacks at the weekend had Eddie Jones suggesting Joseph and his players should ‘go to the temple and pray’ ahead of their meeting.
But Joseph refuted any suggestion it would be a walkover, especially if the weather remains dry and plays into Japan’s strengths.
“I suspect the game that we play, how the All Blacks play, and the fact England have had a few matches, it could be a little bit different this weekend,” the Cherry Blossoms coach said.
“Our players all watched the England match; I went to the Test match, loved it,” he said. “Those types of games are exactly what rugby’s all about in my view.
“When we’ve got the ball and guys are really excited about playing, we’ve got a different style of play; we’re not as big as others, but we’re quick.
“In tough conditions it’s tough to get our game going, so we’re hoping and praying for a bit of weather. I’m not sure I’m going to the temple though!”
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