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Salary cap increased for next season

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The salary cap has already taken its toll on wages throughout England's top-flight, with some clubs having to reduce their player payments across the board.

Such is the toll of the cap that an increasing number of players are being lost to the French league, where no such salary cap exists, and clubs can pay bigger wages.

Howard Thomas, Chief Executive of clubs' body Premier Rugby, said in a statement: "The squad cap has been tremendously successful since its introduction, and has been a major factor behind the clubs taking further steps towards financial viability."

As well as the small increase in the salary cap, there have been changes in the way that clubs are compensated for losing players to international duty, with the clubs being able to exclude a specific amount from the cap for the 11 weeks surrounding the World Cup, to allow them to cover for players called up to the competition, which runs at the same time as the Zurich Premiership.

There had been suggestions that some players' agents may mount a legal challenge to the salary cap if a new system was not brought into place, which, like in Rugby League, would allow a club to spend a specific amount based on their annual turnover.

But, for the meantime at least, the salary cap is here to stay.

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