Premiership rugby players left FURIOUS after being left out of key talks before vote was taken to cut salary cap limit by £1m to £6m over the next two years
- The decision to lower the Premiership rugby salary caps has angered players
- Clubs voted to slash the salary cap limit by £1m to £6m over the next two years
- But it is believed players have once again been largely left out of negotiations
- Some players are considering strike action if they are continually left in the dark
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Mutinous feelings are growing among Premiership rugby players after clubs voted to slash the salary cap without properly consulting them.
At a time when tensions are high, with hard-up clubs trying to force through permanent 25 per cent pay deductions as the coronavirus pandemic savages finances, the decision to lower the spending cap has caused serious unrest.
In some quarters players are even considering strike action if they are continually left in the dark when it comes to these monumental decisions.
Premiership rugby players are angry about being left out of talks over reducing the salary cap
As Sportsmail revealed on Monday the top-flight clubs unanimously voted to reduce the salary cap from £7m to £6m by July 2021.
And it is believed that the players have once again been largely left out of the negotiations – which has angered many of the league’s stars.
‘It’s carnage,’ said one well-informed source. ‘The players are at war.’
Another noted that the players are ‘pretty p*****’ and that there had been ‘no consultation with anyone’ about the salary cap decreases, with the process called a ‘complete mess’.
It is understood that Leicester Tigers players were trying to thrash out a solution with club chairman Peter Tom amid the uncertainty.
In order to fit under the new financial strictures player wages will nose-dive, with a particular squeeze on middling earners as England players and academy products are attractive as they can provide clubs up to £1m of ‘credits’ under the new cap regulations.
The top-flight clubs unanimously voted to reduce the salary cap from £7m to £6m by July 2021
One source predicted the ‘death’ of the bracket of players who earn between £150,000-200,000-a-year as one outcome of this spending slash.
The clubs are desperate to save money – they lost £50m combined before coronavirus struck and now have had no income for three months – and the first emergency move for many was to cut player wages.
As Sportsmail has reported some clubs, like Wasps and Gloucester, want to make those permanent but the players are trying to stand firm and reject any proposals until they are properly consulted.
At many clubs there is still a lack of clarity as to when players will return to full pay, and at the start of the lockdown – as Sportsmail revealed in March – players started openly discussing the possibility of refusing to train or play.
The salary cap decision is only adding to tensions under the surface.
Ellis Genge says he was subject to racist abuse on England’s tour to South Africa two years ago
Meanwhile England prop Ellis Genge claimed he and Eddie Jones were subject to racist abuse on the tour to South Africa two years ago.
The Leicester front-rower, 25, said overt racism is still prevalent in rugby.
‘It is still very rife, especially in sport,’ the 18-cap prop told the BBC.
‘On the South African tour in 2018 I remember after a game we were walking through one of the tunnels and they started hurling racist abuse at myself and a few of the other ethnic boys and Eddie himself.
‘Rugby has been a white man’s game for a number of years.’
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