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Saracens unfazed by claims over salary cap breach, insists McCall

 

By Robert Jones

A "relaxed" Mark McCall insisted Saracens have gone about business as usual this week, in reaffirming the club's belief there is no case to answer over suggestions of a Premiership salary cap breach.

A newspaper report this week revealed Saracens owner Nigel Wray has business arrangements with stars Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy and Mako Vunipola.

Saracens issued a statement insisting all those business affairs were a matter of public record and known to governing body Premiership Rugby.

And now rugby director McCall has backed that stance.

Asked if the club harboured any frustrations over the issue, former Ulster coach McCall said: "Not really, because I'm pretty relaxed about it all. We've got an important week, we've had a great win at the weekend, it's been an encouraging international window for us.

"This group of young players has done tremendously well, so there's a good feeling around the training ground at the moment.

"It's just been a normal week, very much training as normal."

Saracens remain confident Premiership Rugby will opt not to launch an investigation.

Premiership clubs operate under a £7m salary cap, but each outfit can make two marquee signings whose wages are excluded from that figure.

Homegrown players and England stars generate extra credits for each club, which can bolster that basic £7m cap, as incentive to foster local talent.

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