Saracens Under Salary Cap Scrutiny

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5 March 2019

Premiership Rugby are under pressure to investigate whether Saracens are in breach of salary cap regulations after an investigation by Sportsmail revealed that Saracens owner, Nigel Wray has gone into business with players Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth and has shared properties with former players after they left the club.

On Monday, Premiership Rugby Ltd (PRL) refused to say whether they will launch a formal inquiry into the club, claiming that any investigation must remain confidential.

The Mail reports that PRL salary cap manager, Andrew Rogers is said to be trying to establish whether players have turned down higher offers than they receive at their current clubs, raising the prospect that they are being remunerated via other methods at Saracens.

It is possible the extent of Wray’s arrangements with players may extend much wider than initially thought.

Newcastle Falcons chairman Semore Kurdi said: ‘I wouldn’t be supportive of an all-out witch hunt. Saracens need to be given a chance to answer, and the next step would be to see if there is any grounds for an investigation. We need due process. It needs to be followed up appropriately.’

The salary cap stands at £7million, which was increased from £6.5m in the 2016-17 season.

Built into the cap is the ability for clubs to nominate two 'excluded players', whose salaries are not included, and claim £400,000 in injury credits.

The identity of the excluded players is confidential.

Within the £7m there is £600,000 of 'Homegrown

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