Q&A Will approach be sustainable?
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.