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Premiership tighten salary cap rules

08th October 2013 13:23

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Open to investigation: Premiership clubs

Premiership Rugby confirmed on Tuesday that All Aviva Premiership clubs are now subject to a new, more transparent, salary cap monitoring and investigation system.

Following a detailed consultation by the salary cap manager with all of the clubs on the operation and management of the salary cap, the Premiership Rugby Board has recently approved increased monitoring, investigation and transparency systems to support this important area of Premiership Rugby business.

Premiership Rugby may now undertake an Investigatory Audit in addition to the current annual salary cap audit which can involve using independent experts, to access relevant records held by a club who are suspected of breaching the regulations. There will also be clear sanctions to deal with any club failing to co-operate.

Being open and transparent, both internally and externally, will support the management of the salary cap in many ways. In particular it will help promote the effective administration, management and governance of the salary cap to the clubs and key stakeholders within Premiership Rugby.

"As a collective, Premiership Rugby and its clubs led the way in England when in 1999 they introduced their salary Cap in order to ensure the continuing financial viability of all clubs," said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

"Their objective was to control inflationary pressures on clubs' costs, and to provide a level playing field for clubs to ensure a competitive Aviva Premiership Rugby competition.

"These objectives are borne out in the financial success the league is now seeing, with a healthy turnover of teams at the top of the league.

"We have also had three different winners of the Aviva Premiership Rugby competition in as many years, in the most competitive league in world rugby (highest number of games finishing in less than one score compared to any other rugby competition in the world).

"Having a compelling and unpredictable Aviva Premiership Rugby competition is at the centre of Premiership Rugby's strategic objectives. It is a crucial factor in increasing the commercial value of the competition through its new broadcaster, BT Sport, and seeing the renewal of its title sponsor, Aviva."

"It was inevitable that as the game develops we would conduct a review of the salary Cap," added Phil Winstanley, Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.

"Salary caps exist in many commercially successful sports around the world. The most obvious examples are the NFL and NHL in the USA, and the NRL and AFL in Australia.

"The introduction in football of UEFA's Financial Fair Play and the Premier League clubs' new financial regulations, together with salary caps in Rugby League, County Cricket, and in rugby union with France's Top 14 and the Welsh Regions, all demonstrating how European sport has recently grasped the importance of controlling costs and long-term financial sustainability."

The news comes in the wake of Sale and former England wing Mark Cueto's claims that some Premiership clubs are sidestepping the league's enforced salary cap.

In the 2013/14 season the total salary cap comprises of £4.26 million - senior salary cap which includes a marquee player whose salary is paid outside of the salary cap.

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