Manu Tuilagi, George Ford and Ellis Genge face uncertain futures
England stars Manu Tuilagi and George Ford face uncertain futures with Leicester Tigers in ‘disarray’ with 12 players set to leave for free by the end of Tuesday
- Manu Tuilagi, George Ford and Ellis Genge’s England futures may be in doubt
- Premiership’s most decorated club Leicester Tigers are said to be in ‘disarray’
- They could see up to 12 players leave if no agreement is reached on Tuesday
- Leicester’s top nine earners are yet to be tied down to reduced contract
Manu Tuilagi and George Ford’s England futures may be in doubt as Leicester Tigers battle with their players over enforced pay-cuts.
The Premiership’s most decorated club are said to be in ‘disarray’ and could now see up to a dozen players leave if no agreement is reached on Tuesday.
Sportsmail has learned that Leicester’s top nine earners, including England trio Tuilagi, 29, Ford, 27, and Ellis Genge, 25, are yet to be tied down to reduced contracts.
George Ford’s England future may be in doubt as Leicester Tigers battle with their players
The Premiership’s most decorated club are said to be in ‘disarray’ and Manu Tuilagi could go
If players do not sign up by close of play on Tuesday they will be free to leave as their contracts will be terminated.
In that scenario Tuilagi, Ford and Genge’s Test careers would be uncertain as all earn more than £400,000-a-year and other Premiership clubs have sorted their budgets for next year. At present English players cannot represent their country if abroad.
Tigers have managed to secure deals for many players but there are stark divisions in the squad with almost a third still in limbo and reserving their legal positions.
Prop Genge has consistently voiced his dismay at the proposed cuts and tried to set up his own players’ union to help fight the clubs who are slashing wage bills after reducing the salary cap by £1.4m.
Ellis Genge, 25, is yet to be tied down to a reduced contract with his deal expiring on Tuesday
Argentinian lock Tomas Lavanini, New Zealand flanker Jordan Taufua and Tongan full-back Telusa Veainu are all rumoured to be off to France.
Players across the league were ordered to sign fresh contracts by June 18, so clubs could take advantage of a salary cap loophole that allows ‘existing’ deals to count to 75 per cent of their value in 2021.
London Irish are in a similar stand-off with their squad as they try to introduce a further 25 per cent cut to all contracts, despite having agreed blanket reduced deals only a fortnight ago. The players are resisting with many looking for ways out.
One player not leaving England, though, is Courtney Lawes. The England and Lions lock was touted as signing for French second-division side Beziers – set to be taken over by UAE billionaires – but it is understood he is staying at Northampton until at least 2023.
Three of Eddie Jones’ England stars could be without a club as teams struggle with finances
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