Owen Farrell Chris Robshaw blasts Saracens salary-cap cheating for putting rugby in a ‘bad place’

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Chris Robshaw, the former England captain, has launched a stinging attack on Saracens and declared that rugby union was now “as dirty as every other sport”.

Saracens were docked 35 points and fined £5.3 million (NZ$10.7 million) for breaching the Premiership salary cap across the past three seasons and Robshaw, who captains Harlequins, said the sport had suffered lasting damage as a result of the judgment and was now in an “extremely bad place”.

Saracens won two Premiership titles, which Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said should be declared void, in the period when they were found to have contravened the rules and won the European Cup last season.

Owen Farrell Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw didn't hold back in his stining criticism of Saracens' salary-cap breaches.


Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw didn’t hold back in his stining criticism of Saracens’ salary-cap breaches.

“As a sport, we pride ourselves on being cleaner than other sports,” Robshaw said at Wednesday’s (Thursday NZT) European Champions Cup launch.

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“We look down on football for diving and athletics for cheating. Our grass is no longer greener. We’re as dirty as everyone else. The sport is in an extremely bad place and it’s going to be tough to recover from this.”

Saracens may face further disciplinary action from European Professional Club Rugby after failing to attend the event in Cardiff.

Owen Farrell Saracens duo George Kruis and Maro Itoje celebrate after winning the Gallagher Premiership rugby final.


Saracens duo George Kruis and Maro Itoje celebrate after winning the Gallagher Premiership rugby final.

​Robshaw said the ruling had blown away any feelgood factor the sport could have felt in the wake of England’s progress to the Rugby World Cup final, featuring Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje among other Saracens players.

“You look at the high that the World Cup has given,” Robshaw adde

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