Sale Sharks boss Alex Sanderson believes the reduction in the Premiership salary cap is making it tougher for English teams to compete with French sides in Europe.
“You don’t have the money to sign the quality needed,” said Sanderson following his sides 41-22 loss against Racing 92.
"There's been a difference in the salary cap forever between the French and English clubs. Toulon used to have a £20m salary cap and the English clubs were on £5-6m - and yet they managed to win.
"You can make up the gap in the salary cap through really good coaching, decent infrastructure, and culture as well. You can bridge the gap through talent, through cohesion and decent coaching."
So how do the different salary caps across the world compare? Take a look below.
SALARY CAPS RANKED:
7. Major League Rugby (USA) = £407,295 ($500,000)
6. Super Rugby salary cap (New Zealand & Australia) = £3.2 million
The overall Super Rugby salary cap has been adjusted to a total of Aus$5.5million (US$4.3 million), with the average player receiving Aus £125,000 in 2018. Reports said this was a rise of about 10 percent.
5. United Rugby Championship (Scotland) = £4.2 million (estimated)
Although there is no official salary cap in Scotland, Glasgow Warriors are estimated to spend £4.2 million on players while Edinburgh spends £3.8 million.