Premiership Rugby has published a salary cap report for the 2020/21 season – a decision that is seen as the governing body’s first step towards being more transparent.
The report is due to become annual, following the recommendations of the Myners Report, and while it does not show clubs’ payroll or player salaries, it does provide a summary of Premiership spending.
Lord Paul Myners, who passed away in January, was a former cabinet minister who produced a report on the Premiership salary cap after Saracens were punished for repeatedly breaching it.
implemented the recommendations
One of the main recommendations of the Myners Report was greater transparency and Premiership Rugby followed up with its report – a 20-page document – which indicates the average salary of senior players for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 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 promoting greater transparency, to broaden and deepen visibility and scrutiny of how the salary cap works in practice,” said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Simon Massie-Taylor.
“This report, covering the 2020/21 season, builds on their recommendations and will become an annual publication.
“It was very sad to hear of Lord Myners’ passing earlier this year. Premiership Rugby is extremely grateful for the enormous amount of time and effort you put into the review.
“We believe that through his report and recommendations, he has helped us continue to operate a world-leading system.”
The salary cap report includes the Saracens, although they spent the 2020/21 season in the Championship after being relegated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign for repeatedly breaking the rules.
Sarries made an immediate return to the top flight in England and will be involved in Saturday’s Premiership final at Twickenham against the Leicester Tigers, who were fined £309,841.06 in March after failing to comply with salary cap regulations when a third-party company made image rights payments to its players.
Premiership Rugby’s director of salary cap Andrew Rogers believes there is enough to stop him potentially trying to circumvent current salary cap rules.
“If someone decides to transgress, the power is there and they can have trophies taken away or they can be demoted, so there is a serious punishment for transgression,” he said.
“We are always looking at things, this is fundamental. A lot of investigative work is part of what we do on a regular basis.
“This particular case (Leicester) was a quick process due to the cooperation of the club. The news leaked out in December and the decision made in March is quick in terms of sporting investigations, so we were able to move quickly on what was pleasant.”
Some of the crucial findings from the 2020/21 salary cap report included the average senior player total salary of £171,187, while midfield is still the most lucrative playing position.
The average salary for a Premiership midfielder is £175,679, while center and second row are the next best at £167,779 and £158,617 respectively. Prostitutes earn the lowest amount on average, £113,115.
Among the other findings were: Experience leads to better wages with players who played in over 100 Premiership matches earning an average of £205,000, while players who played over 50 games at the test level would earn £325,306 on average.
All clubs are subject to an annual salary cap report audit, which allows Rogers to review up to a five-year period.
Additionally, an extended audit now takes place for the Premiership champions, which allows for a more forensic look at the finances of England’s best club.
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