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Payment of Players update and information

Earlier this year, following extensive consultation with the game, the RFU Council agreed the regulations around payment of players which will come into effect from the start of 2018/19 season.

From season 2018/19 clubs will, if they wish to receive financial benefits from the RFU, be required to submit an accurate and completed signed annual declaration confirming if players have been paid and the total value of those payments. Clubs will be free to exceed the maximum payments laid out in the regulations but, in doing so, will render the club ineligible for RFU financial benefits. We are circulating the new regulations and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) now, in order that clubs can familiarise themselves with the system and the information that will need to be disclosed. The new regulations can be found here, and a list of FAQs can be found here.

We will communicate further with clubs in a month, at which point they can do a test run of their completion and submission of the declaration for the 2017/18 season to familiarise themselves with the process. Please note that this test run phase is not mandatory and will not impact RFU financial benefits for the 2018/19 season. For more information or any queries, please contact