Australian Super Rugby players will reportedly receive about a 10 per cent pay rise despite waning interest in the game and uncertainty over the competition.
Rugby Australia and players' representatives have nutted out a new two-year collective bargaining agreement for an average $225,000 yearly wage in 2018, according to News Corp Australia.
The CBA is expected to be announced by outgoing Rugby Australia boss Bill Pulver and Rugby Union Players' Association counterpart Ross Xenos at 10am AEDT on Wednesday.
The deal is also expected to allow Super Rugby squads to increase by five players, while men's and women's sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their XV-a-side colleagues.
The pay rise comes after a difficult year for players, many of whom faced months of uncertainty as the governing body made the decision to axe the Western Force from the SANZAAR competition.
Amid low crowd numbers, Australian teams also struggled on the park, with none of them able to beat a New Zealand-based franchise.
There is also uncertainty over South Africa's long-term involvement in the competition, with reports suggesting more sides could follow the axed Kings and Cheetahs to Europe.