Premiership clubs are likely to be charged with illegal wage deductions due to growing unrest among players over the 25% flat rate wage cut. Some clubs are expected to be frustrated, especially players whose contracts expire in the summer, and action is expected to be taken.
On Wednesday, London Irish, as the youngest club, confirmed that the wage cut was implemented as the Premiership was suspended until April 24 due to the Corona virus. Across the league, some players were dismayed by the measures taken. The cuts cannot be legally enforced unless the players agree, but some feel like they are on the railroad. As a result, challenges are considered with a well-placed source who believes that clubs will ultimately deal with illegal wage deduction claims.
Players are also not sure when full payment will be restored since they will need to return to training to prepare for the season to resume. It is believed that some clubs do not intend to restore full wages until earnings have returned to a certain level, raising concerns about what happens when games are played behind closed doors. This is one of the options that Premiership Rugby is considering.
It is also expected that some clubs will implement the wage cuts for this month, while there is anger that individual circumstances have not been taken into account given the difference in wages between cadres. For example, Jack Nowell has publicly stated that he would like to cut his wages, but he’s one of Exeter’s top earners and earns around £ 25,000 for every appearance in England.
At the other end of the spectrum, some players whose contracts expire in the summer had offers for renewals that were either taken off the table or frozen so that they faced uncertain future prospects but were under pressure to accept the cuts. A player whose contract expires in June has withdrawn a two-year extension offer, but is still expected to accept the wage cut.
While the vast majority of players accept that sacrifices are necessary, the clubs have somehow mutually agreed to implement cuts by 25% too quickly and with no plans at the end of the season.
There is also growing concern that the clubs will make further cuts as the prospect of resuming the premiership next month is highly unlikely and it will be more difficult in the future if players do not take a stand. There have also been suggestions from players threatening to strike, but the Rugby Players’ Association has denied these claims.
Premiership clubs have acted so quickly because it is estimated that each club loses between £ 300,000 and £ 500,000 in sales for games that do not take place. If the season is canceled without playing games and the broadcasters’ revenues decrease, some clubs would be financially ruined.
From today’s perspective, the Premiership is closed, although all other rugby competitions in the country have been canceled. Premiership Rugby CEO Darren Childs claimed this week that “we are all hoping to be the first sport on TV,” but admitted that it is inevitable to play deep into the summer when the season is on should be over.
Premiership rugby not only hosts games behind closed doors, but is also considering hosting multiple games in the same location and during the week to complete the remaining nine rounds and play-offs, but to play beyond the end of June – if the majority of Contracts expire – causing further potential headaches.
Meanwhile, Billy Vunipola has pledged to stay in the championship at Saracens next season, despite speculation that he would seek a move abroad. Number 8, who missed the Six Nations with a broken arm, acknowledged that relegation to the second division could affect its international outlook, but is determined to help the Saracens get back on their feet after their scandal over the salary ceiling come.
“I can’t see a negative in it,” Vunipola told RugbyPass. “I haven’t spoken directly to the powers that be when it comes to England or Sarries, which is going to happen in terms of international recognition.” I am looking forward to next year. I think I will play as much as possible, try to help the team as much as possible and hopefully we will be right back. I definitely stay. “