Saracens call crisis meeting after Premiership Rugby threaten them with automatic relegation

Last November, the reigning champions of English and European rugby were forced to pay a whopping £5m fine and deducted 35 league points for breaching salary cap rules.

The Daily Mail broke the story after it was found that Nigel Wray had been paying players additional wages through separate business models, which is illegal under Premiership Rugby rules.

On Tuesday, Saracens met with Premiership Rugby in London, and it is believed that the rugby body have issued an ultimatum to Sarries.

The five-times English champions will need to illustrate that they are working to cut that salary budget, to fit into the £7m that Premiership Rugby rules allow for, by the end of the week.

Therefore, Saracens have been forced to call a crisis meeting this morning with players.

There is growing speculation about which players will be departing from the club. The likes of George Kruis, former-Wasp, Alex Lozowski and Michael Rhodes are all expected the leave the club at the end of the season.

Wales and British and Irish Lion star, Liam Williams, has already announced that he will be returning to the Scarlets at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. However, there are rumours that the 28-year old may return to Llanelli before this season ends in an attempt to reduce the size of Saracens’ salary budget.

Nick Tompkins, who was a shock call up to the Welsh Six Nations squad, may also depart from the club that he has played for since 2013, with growing suspicion that the 24-year old may join the Cardiff Blues.

The ultimatum may be deemed as warranted by those at Sandy Park. After the initial news that Saracens had violated the salary cap, Exeter Chiefs chief executive, Tony Rowe, told BBC Radio Devon that the punishment was ‘not severe enough’. He added that the only fair outcome was relegation because “in professional sport in America, if you’re in breach of the salary cap you get thrown out completely.”

Chiefs’ director of rugby, Rob Baxter, told journalists at the Champions Cup launch event in Cardiff that he felt that his club had missed out on numerous Premiership titles that had been ‘unfairly’ won by Saracens. This includes last season’s final where Saracens overturned an 11-point deficit to defeat Exeter Chiefs by 37 points to 34.

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