Premiership Rugby has released a salary cap report for the 2020/21 season, a decision seen as the first step by the governing body to become more transparent.
The report will become an annual one, following the recommendations of the Myners Report, and although it does not show player salaries or club salaries, it does provide a summary of spending in the Premiership.
Lord Paul Myners, who died in January, was a former cabinet minister who produced a report on the Premiership’s salary cap after Saracens were punished for repeatedly violating it.
implemented the recommendations
One of the main recommendations of the Myners Report was greater transparency and Premiership Rugby complied with its report, a 20-page document, which indicates the average salary of senior players for the period between July 1, 2020 and July 30, 2020. June 2021, as well as how much each player in certain positions earns on average.
“One of the key principles set out in the Myners Report emphasized the promotion of greater transparency, to broaden and deepen visibility and scrutiny into how the salary cap operates in practice,” said Premiership Rugby chief executive Simon Massie. Taylor.
“This report, which covers the 2020/21 season, is born out of their recommendations and will become an annual publication.
“It was very sad to hear of the passing of Lord Myners earlier this year. Premiership Rugby is extremely grateful for the great amount of time and commitment he put into the review.
“We believe that through your report and recommendations you have helped us continue to operate a world-leading system.”
The salary cap report includes Saracens, although they spent the 2020/21 season in the Championship after they were relegated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign for repeatedly breaching the rules.
Sarries made an immediate return to the top flight in England and will feature in Saturday’s Premiership final at Twickenham against Leicester Tigers, who were fined £309,841.06 in March after they failed to comply with salary cap regulations when a company of third parties made image rights payments to their players.
Premiership Rugby salary cap director Andrew Rogers believes there is enough to prevent attempts to circumvent the current salary cap rules.
“If someone decides to transgress, the power is there and they can have their trophies taken away or they can be relegated, so there is a serious punishment for transgression,” he said.
“We are always looking at things, that is key. A lot of research work is part of what we do on a regular basis.
“That particular (Leicester) case was a quick process due to the cooperation of the club. The news leaked in December and the decision that was made in March is a quick one in terms of sports investigations, so we were able to move quickly on it which was nice.”
Some of the crucial findings from the 2020/21 salary cap report included that the average total salary for a senior player is £171,187, while the fly-half remains the most profitable playing position.
The average salary for a Premiership fly-half is £175,679, while center and back row are the next best at £167,779 and £158,617 respectively. Prostitutes earn the least amount on average at £113,115.
Among the other findings: Experience leads to better salaries with players who have played in more than 100 Premiership games earning an average of £205,000, while players who have made more than 50 appearances at Test level would receive an average of £325,306.
All clubs are subject to an annual salary-cap reporting audit, allowing Rogers to peruse up to a five-year period.
In addition to this, an extended audit is now being carried out for the Premiership champions, allowing a more forensic look into the finances of England’s top club.
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