New Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths has admitted that Saracens would need to trim their wage bill in order to be compliant with the Premiership Rugby salary cap.
This suggests that the breach was more than a misunderstanding over co-investments by a handful of players, but regardless, it’s encouraging to see that they’ll be taking action rather than just continuing as if nothing happened.
Chris Foy and Will Kelleher have reported today in the Daily Mail that Liam Williams will return to the Scarlets in the next few weeks, which is probably a simple decision given that he’s injured and wants to return to the Scarlets anyway. They also state that Calum Clark and Michael Rhodes are vulnerable, along with Juan Figallo – all relatively high earners without playing very much.
Update: George Kruis is also apparently leaving for Japan at the end of the season, which would make him unavailable for England.
It must be an unnerving time for every Saracens player, and the sense of unity in the squad must be under threat. I find it very difficult to separate the outstanding rugby environment they created from the disregard for the spirit of the salary cap, but Saracens do deserve a lot of credit for the Rugby talent they have nurtured and the England players they have produced. That is all under threat here.
How are you feeling about Saracens and the squad changes that seem imminent?