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Do Barbarians players get paid in cash?

Slim 293

Nathan Sharpe (72)
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/wallabies-trio-escape-aru-censure-over-cash-stash-20110327-1cbzi.html

Wallabies trio escape ARU censure over cash stash

Greg Growden
March 28, 2011

The Australian Rugby Union will take no action after three Wallabies were issued with infringement notices by the Australian Federal Police after failing to declare money to Customs officers. Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell were investigated by the AFP after not declaring more than $60,000 in cash to Customs when they returned to Sydney following the Wallabies' end-of-season tour last December. The money was earned when the trio played for the Barbarians at the end of the northern hemisphere tour. The players said they had forgotten to declare the money, and were fined $220 each by the AFP. An ARU spokesman yesterday said the union had made inquires on the matter. ''It is important to note it is not an offence to bring in to the country more than $10,000 in foreign currency,'' the spokesman said. ''The issue has been dealt with, and we consider the matter closed.''
 
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daz

Guest
Just out of interest, who the hell carries $60K around and feels secure?

This seems odd. Surely the money for playing would be deposited into the players bank account. At worst, perhaps a cheque made out to the player.

Side note: Doesn't being paid in cash negate the need to declare this money as earnings for the year, and therefore no tax is paid? Is this why they have the cash in big bundles?
 

Lee Grant

John Eales (66)
Staff member
Just as well they hadn't done their tax returns.

I'm sure the three of them made an innocent simultaneous error and didn't discuss it with each other - and Elvis was at the game.
 

Gagger

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Staff member
Is that $60k each, or $60k in total? Would be a shit load of money for one game, no?
 
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daz

Guest
An ARU spokesman yesterday said the union had made inquires on the matter. ''It is important to note it is not an offence to bring in to the country more than $10,000 in foreign currency,'' the spokesman said

Dear Mr Spokesfool: So why were they fined $220 each if it isn't an offence?
 
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TOCC

Guest
An ARU spokesman yesterday said the union had made inquires on the matter. ''It is important to note it is not an offence to bring in to the country more than $10,000 in foreign currency,'' the spokesman said

Dear Mr Spokesfool: So why were they fined $220 each if it isn't an offence?

you can bring it in, you just need to declare it
 
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daz

Guest
I get it TOCC, but I just wonder why " it is important to note..etc." WTF has that got to do with anything?
 
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TOCC

Guest
I get it TOCC, but I just wonder why " it is important to note..etc." WTF has that got to do with anything?

The ARU doesnt want there players to appear as money launderers.... There just pointing out that the players did fuck up by not declaring the money, but its not illegal to bring that money in. No harm in trying to distance yourself from a crime.
 

Rob42

Trevor Allan (34)
Customs might consider the matter closed, but can anyone suggest a good reason why they'd be carrying that kind of cash?
 

Rob42

Trevor Allan (34)
Yeah, and therefore by proxy free for speculation by a bunch of forum randoms.

Well you know, I'm going to have take my rugby opinions elsewhere too, if I can't pass a bit of ill-informed speculation on topics I know nothing about. I thought that was the very purpose of these fora. Perhaps if I'd played rugby at an international level I'd understand.
 
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daz

Guest
I'm starting to smell the fetid air of smug superiority creeping into discussions on all things Rugby. First we have Burke saying we have no right to boo, clap, moan or indeed make any noise at all when watching a game unless we have played at the highest level, then Link comes out with his "unless you have been in a scrum you go to the back of the comments line".

Now, there is a hint that any ill-informed, unknowledgable internet forum rugby fan should best just keep quiet and have no opinion on anything, lest it sparks some debate. Of course, the ill-informed, unknowledgable unwashed masses accounts for the vast majority of the internet population.

Hell, I don't know how many things in this world work, or even what the implications of those things are if they are tinkered with, but that doesn't stop me having an opinion on some of them when the mood takes me.

Stick to the forum rules, mind your P's and Q's and let rip, I say.

As to those in the highest levels of S15 and international rugby who try to tell me what I can and can't comment on because I "never played at that level", all I will say is: I will keep quiet as soon as I have all my money back that I spent contributing to your salaries over the years.
 
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