CONFIRMED: Saracens take extreme measures as ‘only way to survive’

Saracens have asked their highest earners to defer a portion of their salaries until next season while also furloughing the majority of their staff.

The move comes after Sarries agreed a 25% pay cut with staff from 1 April because of the coronavirus crisis.

The BBC has reported that the defending Premiership champions want anyone earning more than £75,000 a year to defer anything above that amount until the start of 2020-21.

“We understand this is really tough for everyone,” said chairman Neil Golding.

“But the reality is that the only way to survive this unprecedented situation as a club is to make these adjustments.

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“The board are very optimistic that this is a short-term issue.”

Saracens and England international Maro Itoje added: “Covid-19 has had huge ramifications on every facet of society and rugby is no different, this is not an easy time for the players and the club alike.

“But in order to see this through, the whole organisation needs to pull together and do what we can for the future of Saracens RFC and our individual career’s within the sport.”


The full list of who’s going & who’s staying at Saracens

Here’s our changing list of stayers, loaners, likely leavers and confirmed departures at Saracens. 

STAYERS

  • Owen Farrell
  • Maro Itoje
  • Elliot Daly
  • Jamie George
  • Billy Vunipola
  • Mako Vunipola
  • Jackson Wray
  • Brad Barritt
  • Alex Goode
  • Alex Lewington
  • Ali Crossdale
  • Vincent Koch

LIKELY LEAVERS ON PAGE 2