Rugby

JRFU to dispense big bonuses for top-eight finish and above at RWC

Kyodo

Japan’s players and staff are in for a nice payday if the Brave Blossoms advance to the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday.

Four years ago, Japan narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals. If the Brave Blossoms manage that feat this autumn, each registered player and staff member will be in line for a ¥1 million ($9,400) bonus.

The board of directors also decided that a semifinal finish will earn each ¥3 million, while winning the Webb Ellis Cup at the first Rugby World Cup held in Asia will net each ¥5 million.

“The union’s target is a best-eight finish, but we would like to have even higher hopes,” JRFU chairman Kensuke Iwabuchi said.

After the 2015 tournament, ¥500,000 bonuses were awarded to the Brave Blossoms.

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