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Salary Cap To Be Raised in 2012/13

Premier clubs get their wish

Posted Jun 10, 2011 by Chris White

Jonny Wilkinson moved to Toulon

Premier Rugby have moved to raise the salary cap for the 2012/13 season, with one player in each team being made exempt from the financial restrictions.

The move was made so that English clubs can attract the very top players in world rugby, rather than seeing the very best players moving to the leagues in countries such as France, where the restrictions aren’t as tight financially.

The cap will rise from its current £4million limit to £4.26million, with academy credits pushing the final total up to £4.5million.

Premier Rugby are hoping that the move convinces its young, English, talent will stay in the Premiership, rather than moving abroad where the financial rewards are greater, even if the overall standard isn’t. The Premiership has suffered in recent years in terms of the big name stars on show, with players such as Jonny Wilkinson and James Haskell moving to France with Toulon and Stade Francais respectively.

On the other hand, youth has been given its chance and the young players are now holding down key positions in the top sides. Young Owen Farrell at Saracens dominated with the boot in the Premiership final at Twickenham, leading Sarries to victory.

It is hoped that the young players will be playing alongside the top names, helping them to improve and develop into these top players, which will benefit both the club sides and the international team.

It could go one of two ways – it will either work according to the plan, and the young players will develop alongside the world-class players, or the world-class players will be brought into teams, forcing the younger players out.

Now obviously, everyone hopes it is the former, but Premier Rugby are running a fine line by saying they want ‘world-class’ players in the Premiership.

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