Saracens Q&A: How stars were caught up in salary cap scandal

Saracens Q&A: How Maro Itoje, Chris Ashton and the Vunipola brothers were caught up in salary cap scandal Full report into Saracens’ breaches of Premiership salary cap has been released Offences in payments to Mako and Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Chris Ashton  Sportsmail answers all of the key questions arising from the investigation  Saracens’ breaches of the Premiership salary […]

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Jamie George says France in England’s Six Nations opener will be ideal post-World Cup test

Jamie George believes France will be the ideal opposition for England to begin the healing process demanded by their World Cup final defeat. George and his Saracens team-mates are involved in clear-the-air talks with the rest of Eddie Jones’ squad to voice any grievances held over the double winners’ repeated salary cap breaches. England have travelled to Portugal for a […]

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Jacques Nienaber to be named Springboks head coach

Jacques Nienaber will be confirmed as the new coach of World Cup winners South Africa at a news conference in Pretoria on Friday, according to local media reports. Nienaber steps up to the role after assisting Rassie Erasmus, who led the Springboks to World Cup success in November. He was the defence coach for the side and credited with many […]

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Harlequins’ Pride Game initiative praised by Chris Robshaw

Harlequins will hold a Pride Game during LGBT History Month in February, with captain Chris Robshaw describing the initiative as “fantastic”. Quins are believed to be the first professional rugby union club in the UK to stage such a match, which will take place on Saturday, February 15 when London Irish are the visitors to The Stoop in the Gallagher […]

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Saracens: Nigel Wray sorry for ‘ill-considered’ salary cap approach

Saracens owner Nigel Wray has apologised for the “ill-considered approach” to salary cap compliance which led to Saracens’ relegation. Premiership Rugby (PRL) released the Saracens report on Thursday. Wray took “full responsibility” for failing to consult the league’s salary cap manager before entering into co-investments with players. “We should have been far better,” Wray, who stepped down as chairman in […]

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'It's not easy, there's plenty of nights I lay awake, going, 'What just happened? What went wrong?''

London’s Tobacco Dock is one of those old buildings made new with glass fittings and big windows. Yesterday, it was the new venue for a long-established event; the Guinness Six Nations launch and the unfamiliar surrounds were somehow fitting considering the host of fresh faces dancing the dance for the first time. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for […]

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Saracens stars to STAY with relegated club – with blessing of England and Lions

Owen Farrell and his Saracens pals head into clear-the-air talks with England team mates today armed with extraordinary assurances about their club futures. In a sensational development Farrell, Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Elliot Daly and the Vunipola brothers have agreed to stay loyal to their relegated club – with the joint blessing of Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland. Saracens’ superstars […]

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