Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Saracens told to comply with cap or be relegated

Saracens told to comply with cap or be relegated

The club, who were required to prove compliance within the salary cap, will continue to compete in the Premiership through to the end of the season but will play in next term's Championship.

Premiership Rugby Limited chief executives met to discuss the latest situation in London on Tuesday.

Followig this, the club accepted that they would not be able to come within the 7 million pound cap at the end of the season and made a decision to be relegated this season rather than wait a year.

Premiership Rugby has confirmed Saracens will be relegated from the English top flight at the end of the season.

However, it is understood that offloading players to rival clubs is proving hard as the other competing teams in the Premiership would subsequently exceed the salary cap if they were to take on any of Saracens' squad.

The club, which in November was fined more than £5m and docked 35 Premiership points for exceeding the cap in the previous three seasons, accepted it would not come in within the £7m cap at the end of the season.

Premiership Rugby would review the salary cap system to ensure "a level playing field for all clubs", chief executive Darren Childs said.

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'As part of this process, we will soon be announcing an open consultation so that everyone involved in the game has the opportunity to contribute to its future.

Saracens boast a star-laden squad, including England captain Owen Farrell, Billy and Mako Vunipola and Mario Itoje.

"If you think clubs will suddenly find a pot of gold to take on Saracens players then I would say you are mistaken", Boyd told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

At the moment England pick only players from the Premiership.

Few clubs inspire such loyalty as Saracens but it is nearly unthinkable for any of their England internationals to remain at the club playing second-tier Championship rugby.

As first reported by the Guardian, the RFU have said that the head coach Eddie Jones will be able to call-up Championship players for worldwide Tests.

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