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Premiership Rugby reinforces salary-cap system to prevent more Saracens-style controversies

Premiership Rugby strengthens its salary cap system to avoid further Saracen-style controversies, with cap lowered to £5m, before falling to £6.4m in 2024-25

  • Premiership Rugby has strengthened their salary cap system going forward
  • Saracens were banned from the top flight in 2020 for past breaches
  • Leicester has also been fined this season for previous offenses against the cap

While Saracens look to complete a reinstatement of their salary cap by winning another title, Premiership Rugby has expressed hope that the strengthened system will prevent similar controversies in the future.

Saturday at Twickenham, the north London club banned from the top flight for previous cap violations will face Leicester in the final, hoping for a redemption win after returning to the elite last summer.

The Tigers have also been fined for past offenses this season, but now there are new, comprehensive and strict rules – following a detailed review by Lord Myners that led to a series of reforms – and PRL are optimistic they will work.

Premiership Rugby has raised salary cap to avoid Saracen-style controversies

Premiership Rugby has raised salary cap to avoid Saracen-style controversies

“The most important element was the recommendation to ensure that appropriate sanctions are in place to deal with any violations,” Andrew Rogers, director of the organization’s salary cap, said yesterday – after publishing a report on spending patterns during the 2020 season. -21.

“We have really strong investigative powers now, but the deterrent is there so that if someone commits an offense they can have the trophies taken away and demoted. There are serious, serious sanctions.’

When asked whether he and his colleagues who manage and enforce the salary cap system now have effective powers that they did not have before the Saracen saga, Rogers added: “The thing with the powers is that there will always be something we want to add. , but they are really in a good place. When Lord Myners made his assessment, he looked at all the other sports systems that had investigative and enforcement powers, and effective sanctions.

“We made sure that this competition would have the very best so that we can do as much as possible. We’re not law enforcement, of course, but we have a lot of access and the ability to view tax returns, bank returns, cell phones and emails is a real step forward.”

Saracens were demoted from top flight in 2020 due to past limit violations

Saracens were demoted from top flight in 2020 due to past limit violations

Their opponents this weekend, the Leicester Tigers, were fined for previous offenses this season

Their opponents this weekend, the Leicester Tigers, were fined for previous offenses this season

Rogers emphasized that there is now a spirit of cooperation between the clubs, saying: “They all want the system to work well.” But he and PRL are alert to the danger of owners or officials being tempted to find new ways to get around the cap – which has been reduced to £5m but will rise again to £6 from the 2024-25 season, .4 million.

“The new system will help bring a large amount to light, but I’m sure there is someone out there who thinks they are very smart and have a new solution,” he added.

Rugby is unlikely to follow the lead of the NFL, which publishes full details on players’ earnings. “It’s a very European thing, where people don’t like to reveal what they earn,” Rogers said.

‘It would create absolute transparency, but I would be surprised if there is real enthusiasm for people to want to share their earned wages publicly.’ Meanwhile, PRL chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor emphasized the critical role of the salary cap system in preserving integrity.

“It’s hugely important because the salary cap is a brilliant mechanism for maintaining competitiveness, so you want to make sure that mechanism is as effective as possible,” he said. “These new forces build credibility with the fans.”

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