England and Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge has called for urgent changes to be made to players contracts moving forward.
The 25-year-old forward had looked to set up his own union following the paycuts in July, but has been forced to abandon those plans.
However, he insists that major change must happen in the near future.
“They’re so outdated. You’ve still got contracts from 20 years ago and the game has changed monumentally. You can imagine some of the weird stuff written in them,” revealed the England and Leicester front-rower
“For us as a game to get off the ground… you see football, there are so many intricacies in their contracts and the way they are written, some of the mad clauses.
“Everyone in rugby has the exact same contract, unless there’s a match bonus, and in France it’s a bit different with houses and cars, but here it’s the exact same contract.
“The only thing that is different is the figure which is crazy because every player is different. They should be able to open it up and really get creative with it.”
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10 things you didn’t know about Ellis Genge
1. Starting out
He started playing rugby aged 12 at Old Redcliffians. At 16 Genge moved to Hartpury College and captained their rugby team to victory in the AASE league.
2. Position change
The now world-class prop began his career in the back-row. He actually looked pretty good..
The 24-year-old Leicester Tigers front row was nicknamed ‘the Baby Rhino’ by a commentator back in 2017 for his explosive performances. It’s fair to say, it’s stuck.