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Liam Williams is set to leave Saracens before the Six Nations as the champions speed up plans to cut costs to comply with English rugby’s salary cap.
The development comes as England star Danny Care called for rugby to respond to the Sarries scandal by following American sport and making player salaries public.
“The problem is the trust problem,” said scrum-half Care. “We all want rugby to be a clean, fair sport and I think the only way we can move on from this is if there is clarity on everything.
“Making salaries public would surely be the easiest way to do it. I wouldn’t have a problem with it.”
It is this trust issue that Saracens – fined £5.36m and docked 35 points docked for breaching player salary regulations – are attempting to address under the leadership of interim chief executive Edward Griffiths.
Wales and Lions star Williams announced on Boxing Day that he would be rejoining Scarlets at the end of the season. But Nigel Wray has since quit as club chairman and Griffiths hired to put the club’s finances in order.
Team boss Mark McCall conceded yesterday that Williams, who has not played a club game since last season due to an injury suffered at the World Cup, may have played his last game for the club.
“I think he might be fit for the Six Nations, but I don’t think he will be fit for us before the Six Nations,” said McCall, adding “it is possible” his departure would now be brought forward.
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