SYDNEY (AP) -- The Australian Rugby Union will slash test match payments to players from next season and impose salary caps on the five domestic Super Rugby clubs to curb escalating costs.
The ARU and the professional players union announced a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, including a cut in test payments from $13,100 to $10,000 per match in 2014 and 2015 and the imposition of a $5 million per season salary cap for Super Rugby clubs.
Australian international players generally have Super Rugby contracts with top ups from the ARU, along with match payments. Player payments have come under scrutiny this year as Australia won just three of its 10 tests against the British and Irish Lions and in the Rugby Championship against World Cup champion New Zealand, No. 2-ranked South Africa and Argentina.