England internationals have been given a pay rise as part of a new four-year deal with the Rugby Football Union.
Players are set to earn in excess of £20,000 a match, excluding bonuses, as they benefit from the RFU posting record profits over the past year.
The RFU’s profit’s rose to more than £100m during the last year, in which England hosted the World Cup.
England exited the World Cup in the group stage but have achieved success since under new coach Eddie Jones.
They won the Six Nations for the first time since 2003 in February and completed a first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since South Africa in 1971.
The new agreement is to be formally announced before England’s game against South Africa at Twickenham on 12 November, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper states the overall deal will be worth over £20m and represent a 30% increase on player payments, which will take their combined total for this season to more than £5.5m.
This is an overall increase of £1.2m from last year’s deal.
“It has been a highly professional set of negotiations on both sides,” said RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.
“We did a deal four years ago and the structure of that worked well. It’s been very constructive.
“It’s important that we cover over 2019 – so it will be another four-year deal. We are dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s between lawyers. We are very comfortable with it.”
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