Q&A Will ap­proach be sus­tain­able?

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Kate Rowan

Q Why have clubs taken this step to pay play­ers?

A It is a move to en­tice and keep the best play­ers as com­pe­ti­tion in­creases.

Q What obli­ga­tions do play­ers have to meet to get paid?

A At Sara­cens, play­ers have to at­tend two train­ing ses­sions per week while also ful­fill­ing a min­i­mum re­quire­ment of gym work. At Worces­ter, play­ers will need an at­ten­dance of 75 per cent at train­ing.

Q Will play­ers still be able to have jobs?

A Yes. Out­side of the 28 play­ers con­tracted full-time by the Rugby Foot­ball Union, play­ers will still be able to keep their jobs.

Q Are other clubs likely to fol­low suit?

A Yes. The Daily Telegraph is aware of other clubs mak­ing moves to pay play­ers. Ex­eter Chiefs have de­scribed their side as “pro­fes­sional”.

Q Is this ap­proach sus­tain­able?

A Sara­cens be­lieve it can be if matches are mar­keted as a stand-alone prod­uct away from the men.

Q Do all of the Premier­ship sides have a women’s team?

A No. Le­ices­ter Tigers, Northamp­ton Saints and Sale Sharks do not have women’s sides. Wasps Ladies, de­spite build­ing more ties with the Coven­try­based men, are af­fil­i­ated with am­a­teur club Wasps FC in Ac­ton.

Q Will this cre­ate an un­even play­ing field?

A Yes, for sides such as Water­loo, Rich­mond and Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park Sharks, who do not have any af­fil­i­a­tions with men’s fran­chises, and have strug­gled in the first two sea­sons of the Premier 15s.

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