Owen Farrell Saracens face further checks as review of pay cap rules gets under way

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Owen Farrell Saracens chairman Nigel Wray. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Disgraced Saracens will be singled out for unprecedented new checks on salary spending, Premiership Rugby vowed last night, after hiring a former government minister to lead a potential overhaul of pay cap rules.

Paul Myners, a specialist with a track record for calling out poor financial regulation, is tasked with conducting an independent review as part of the league’s bid to repair its battered reputation following the Saracens scandal.

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The back-to-back champions last month accepted a 35-point deduction in the Premiership this season plus a £5.36million fine, after an investigation into business arrangements between chairman Nigel Wray and leading players, including Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers.

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