English and European champions Saracens face the prospect of relegation as the salary cap scandal continues to blight the domestic season.
Saracens are set to be relegated from the Gallagher Premiership unless they can prove they will not break the salary cap again this season, it was reported on Friday.
Saracens have announced that Nigel Wray has decided to retire as club chairman with immediate effect.
Exeter boss Rob Baxter declared the Chiefs could put their anger at Saracens’ salary cap breach behind them following a 14-7 victory over their arch-rivals – only to then brand them “cheats”.
Exeter took revenge on arch-rivals Saracens in their first meeting since the salary-cap scandal broke but their 14-7 Gallagher Premiership victory was marred by a late red card for Harry Williams as tempers flared at Sandy Park.
Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back Liam Williams is to rejoin the Scarlets from Saracens.
Saracens overwhelmed the Ospreys 44-3 but their first home match since the salary cap scandal broke was played amid a subdued atmosphere at Allianz Park.
Former England captain Dylan Hartley would be “shocked” if any of Saracens’ players prioritised the battle for Gallagher Premiership survival over appearing in the Six Nations.
Joe Marler does not think there will be a split in Eddie Jones’ Six Nations England squad after Saracens accepted sanctions for salary cap breaches and fully expects the club’s players to feature in the tournament next year.
Eddie Jones fears England may feel the fallout from Saracens’ salary cap breach as main sponsors Allianz seek talks with the double winners over concerns arising from the scandal.
Saracens have chosen not to appeal against their 35-point deduction and £5.36million fine for salary cap breaches.
Saracens are expected to drop their appeal against heavy punishments for breaking the Premiership’s salary cap.
Jack Singleton was shocked to find out Saracens are facing a 35-point deduction and a fine of over £5million but is itching to help his new team keep silencing their critics.
Saracens back Alex Lozowski has warned rival clubs they will be back on the trophy trail again soon despite the salary cap breach currently dominating the headlines.
Mark McCall says everyone at Saracens is aware of the need to be patient in pursuit of answers over the club’s long-term future.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists not everything is black and white regarding the club’s breach of salary cap rules and insisted “all the facts of the case” will come out.
Liverpool took a firm grip on the Premier League title race with a 3-1 home victory over champions Manchester City at Anfield. There was more top-flight VAR controversy this weekend and disappointment for England’s Lionesses before a record Wembley crowd. But the sporting weekend did see success for England’s men’s cricketers in New Zealand.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is prepared to sacrifice their chances of more European glory as he admitted this season’s priority was now avoiding relegation.
Former England captain Martin Johnson has warned Gallagher Premiership clubs not to write off Saracens in the wake of this week’s punishment over breaches of salary cap rules.
Sale boss Steve Diamond has accused Saracens of being naive for believing they could sidestep salary cap regulations and says they should “take down the integrity and honesty signs” from their Allianz Park home for a year.
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray has insisted the club’s all-conquering team will not have to be ripped apart after being deducted 35 points and fined more than £5million for breaching the salary cap.
Chris Robshaw has declared the pinnacle of English rugby “illegal” and accused Saracens of cheating after they were punished for breaches of salary cap regulations.
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter does not expect Saracens to be stripped of two Premiership titles for breaching salary cap regulations, although he would love to see those trophies at Sandy Park.
Wales full-back Liam Williams could face a lengthy lay-off after being injured at the World Cup.
Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer joined up with the England squad on Monday and is preparing for what will be the biggest and most unexpected week of his life.