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England players know P45 awaits whatever the World Cup result | Gerard Meagher

Comparing men’s and women’s rugby can be dangerous but the stark contrast between huge financial incentives and guaranteed loss of contracts highlights even more the great divide in sport

As England’s women face the prospect of their successful defence of the World Cup this month being met with the end of their professional contracts, it is worth recalling the £6m shared jackpot on offer to the men in 2015. Comparing men’s and women’s sport can often be dangerous ground but such a stark contrast highlights the backdrop against which Simon Middleton’s side head to Ireland – a P45 rather …read more

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