England stars ditch plan to help out 'bankrupt' Samoa amid fears they could be accused of bribery
England's players decided not to donate a slice of their match fees from Saturday’s clash with Samoa to the impoverished islanders for fear it could cast doubts on their sporting integrity.
England will earn £22,000 a man at Twickenham while the Samoans receive £650 for each appearance and their union is on the brink of bankruptcy. The problem is so acute that a website is currently seeking to generate emergency funds.
Two of England’s leading Polynesian stars — Manu Tuilagi and Mako Vunipola — had suggested the England squad should consider giving a small cut of their match fees to the visitors, but there were misgivings.