Which also means that, rather than drawing a clear line under the whole affair, the report’s release raises any number of fresh questions. Why, precisely, did Saracens opt to take relegation rather than opening their books for other years? Are those who allegedly dobbed them in squeaky clean? What else is lurking in the shrubbery? And, lest we forget, how let down are many of Sarries’ players and staff currently feeling as they face the prospect, in some cases, of finding alternative employment? English rugby’s unedifying blame game is neither simple nor remotely over. … [Read more...] about Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus
Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL) had released a redacted version of its 103-page judgement just hours after the full version was leaked to a broadcaster. Names were redacted from the official version but Sky News had already detailed how Wray and two Saracens directors paid one player, Maro Itoje, £1.6 million for a 30 per cent share of his image rights. Saffery Champness, the accountancy firm, subsequently claimed Saracens had overpaid by £800,000, the report says, adding that Itoje was also paid £95,000 over three years by a hospitality company based at Saracens. … [Read more...] about Saracens defence in tatters as report details ‘reckless’ and ‘flagrant’ failure to comply with salary cap
What new information is there in Lord Dyson’s report? At first glance, not a great deal. The co-investment vehicles between owner Nigel Wray and leading players have been known about for months. Then on Wednesday night, Sky News leaked details of former chairman Nigel Wray’s investment into Maro Itoje’s image rights company. It is primarily these breaches for which Saracens received their 35-point deduction and £5.36million fine in November. What we have learnt is the nuance around how Sports Resolutions, the independent dispute service chaired by Lord Dyson, reached its decision. … [Read more...] about Saracens salary cap scandal: What does Lord Dyson’s report say?
“It'll be a pretty hostile environment against big men, they similar brand of rugby as they put you under pressure at scrum time and take you on physically. So that is in the back of my mind – what an exciting prospect, because it is almost like ‘what if I had my time again?’ … [Read more...] about Jamie George: England can make a statement in Six Nations against France in first game after World Cup final loss
The longed-for report into Saracens’ salary-cap misdemeanours is out. Premier Rugby Limited’s release has redacted all mention of any individuals but a leak on Wednesday night had already made those names from the Lord Dyson judgment public. No blame is attached to any of the players involved in the ventures deemed to be breaches of the cap by the report across three season up to 2018-19 and which led to Saracens’ £5.4m fine and initial 35-point deduction. … [Read more...] about Dyson report deal-by-deal: how Saracens breached the salary cap