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Mako Vunipola MARTIN SAMUEL: Rugby season is in chaos after the ruling on Saracens… can they still field a team that Premiership believes is illegal?

  • Saracens can expect to be in for a rough afternoon when they go to Gloucester 
  • It will be the first match since they were punished for breaching the salary cap
  • Premiership Rugby’s verdict throws the rest of the season into chaos though
  • Can Saracens still field a team that Premiership Rugby believes to be illegal? 

By Martin Samuel – Sport for the Daily Mail


The Shed at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium is one of the most raucous terraces in rugby.

Close to the pitch, low roof, it holds around 4,000. From time to time, the club considers expanding, rebuilding — plans for modernisation which are invariably shouted down.

It is in the Shed where Gloucester’s most fervent supporters reside — the ones who, on Saturday, get a first opportunity to make their feelings on the Saracens salary scandal known, directly, to those responsible.

Saracens were docked 35 points and fined after being found guilty of breaching the salary cap

The pubs will have been open for a good few hours by the time Saracens and Gloucester kick off, and the atmosphere won’t be for the faint-hearted.

There are arguments for and against salary caps in sport. Used correctly they can ensure fairer competition, and that has certainly been the motivation for Premiership Rugby.

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