Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens relegation for salary cap breaches

Ruben Hill
January 20, 2020

Sarries had already been deducted 35 points for this season's Premiership campaign and fined £5.3m for three seasons' spending above the cap.

The Times reported Saracens will hold talks with Jones and Warren Gatland, who will be taking the British and Irish Lions to South Africa in 2021, to help minimise any potential impact of relegation on their global contingent.

Initially, the club insisted they had done nothing wrong and said they would appeal but this was later withdrawn and their punishment accepted.

Exeter Chiefs were beaten by Saracens in the last two Premiership finals and the team's chief executive, Tony Rowe, told the BBC people should not feel too sorry for the club.

Saracens are to be relegated from English rugby's top division at the end of the season for breaching salary cap rules, Premiership Rugby announced on Saturday.

Griffiths, who presided over the meeting, had admitted the club needed to make wage reductions or release players in order to comply with salary cap regulations.

Saracens players leave the field after their European Champions Cup match against Racing 92 on 17 November 2019.

'The actions that we have taken - dealing with breaches of the current regulations and reviewing the system for the future - will help us to build a stronger league and uphold the confidence of supporters'.

The dramatic development leaves the future of some of the world's most high-profile players, like England captain Owen Farrell and global teammates Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers, up in the air.

This morning the club said they "unreservedly apologise" for the mistakes made in relation to the Salary Cap Regulations. "I and the rest of the Board are committed to overseeing stringent new governance measures to ensure regulatory compliance going forward".

At the moment England pick only players from the Premiership.

But domestically, they have just five months left in the Premiership before exiting it and joining English rugby union's second tier alongside clubs like Ampthill, Jersey and Hartpury.

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 global Tests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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