Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP
Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP

Japan rugby amateurs get US$18 to play England – which isn’t enough for a burger and chips at the team hotel

  • England stars will make US$32,000 each – the highest appearance fee in rugby
  • Japan professionals go unpaid despite domestic league being flush with cash

Topic |   Rugby World Cup 2019
Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP
Japan's wing Kotaro Matsushima waves the Japanese national flag as the team celebrate their victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP
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