Lions to Share $3.6 Million for Rugby Tour Sweep, Telegraph Says

The British and Irish Lions players will share about 2.3 million pounds ($3.6 million) if they win all 10 matches on their 2013 rugby union tour of Australia, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Under the draft player contract, each squad member will receive a basic tour fee of 45,000 pounds, which will rise to 67,000 pounds if the combined team from the U.K. and Ireland sweep all their matches, the newspaper said.

With head coach Warren Gatland expected to select at least 35 players, combined basic tour fees will total at least 1.5 million pounds, rising to as much as 2.3 million pounds depending on win bonuses, the newspaper added.

The basic fee is an 18 percent increase on the 38,000 pounds that was paid for the 2009 tour of South Africa and is more than double the 22,000 pounds on offer in New Zealand four years earlier, the Telegraph said.

The schedule begins June 1 against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. The first game in Australia is June 5 against Western Force in Perth and the tour concludes with the third Test against the Wallabies in Sydney on July 6.

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