Q&A Could the cham­pi­ons be stripped of ti­tles?

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Daniel Schofield

Q What is the salary cap?

A Premier­ship Rugby in­tro­duced a salary cap in 1999 to en­sure both a level play­ing field be­tween clubs and to stop those topflight clubs over­reach­ing them­selves. It cur­rently stands at £7 mil­lion, but with cer­tain add-ons, such as cred­its for pro­duc­ing academy play­ers and pro­vid­ing in­ter­na­tion­als for Eng­land, it can be raised to £9 mil­lion. Q What have Sara­cens done wrong?

A An in­de­pen­dent panel appointed by dis­pute ser­vice Sport Res­o­lu­tions ruled that

Sara­cens failed to dis­close pay­ments to play­ers over the past three sea­sons. These al­most cer­tainly re­late to owner Nigel Wray’s in­vest­ment in com­pa­nies such as Vun­prop Ltd (Mako and Billy Vu­nipola), Faz In­vest­ments Ltd (Owen Far­rell), Wiggy9 Ltd (Richard Wig­glesworth) and MN Prop­erty So­lu­tions Ltd (Maro Itoje). Q Will Sar­ries be stripped of the ti­tles won in past two sea­sons?

A No. The rul­ing made clear that the pun­ish­ment ap­plies only to this sea­son. Ex­eter Chiefs chair­man Tony Rowe also made clear that his club would not want to be awarded ti­tles ret­ro­spec­tively. “We will never get those days back,” Rowe said. “It would mean noth­ing to us.” The salary cap laws only ap­ply to the Premier­ship and do not im­pact upon Sara­cens’ three Euro­pean ti­tles. Q Do the club cur­rently com­ply with the salary cap?

A It is not known, but if they were in breach in the past three sea­sons it is highly likely. Al­though they off­loaded 15 play­ers last sea­son, they re­cruited Eng­land full-back Elliot Daly from Wasps along with fel­low in­ter­na­tion­als Jack Sin­gle­ton and Rhys Carre. With Wray’s busi­ness in­vest­ments with play­ers now count­ing against the cap that fur­ther re­duces Sara­cens’ breath­ing space. Q Does that mean they will be forced to off­load Eng­land stars? A No. The vast ma­jor­ity of Sara­cens’ Eng­land con­tin­gent, in­clud­ing Maro Itoje, Owen Far­rell and Jamie Ge­orge have signed long-term con­tracts. How­ever, a num­ber of lead­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing Liam Wil­liams, are out of con­tract and will al­most cer­tainly be forced to leave.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.