Covered above - RFU are putting £800k into the new premiership on top of whatever they're funding for the 7s specialists, and that they were always going to be paying at the very least appearance fees for the XVs ladies and almost certainly part-time contracts on top for further training. It shouldn't, but it does still confuse me that this massive reduction in funding for the women's game that's being reported seems to be a fairly significant increase in the money being spent by the RFU on the women's game. Previous spending was "over £1M" new funding is £800k (on the league) + 17 full time contracts at ~£35k = £600k + appearance fees for the XVs players and almost certainly some part-time contracts in there; let's call it a pot of (almost certainly more than) £350k leaving us with £1.8M spend already - massive reduction? what massive reduction? ETA: Having clicked your link... So they're claiming that the current full time contract is worth "about £18k"; and we know that there are 16 of them, along with 16 part-time and 16 short-term - how the hell did that add up to "over £1M" already reported?