Reports abroad suggest Stuart Hogg could leave Exeter Chiefs - Ruck

Reports abroad suggest Stuart Hogg could leave Exeter Chiefs

Reports in France have linked Stuart Hogg with a possible move to Paris to join his Scotland teammate Finn Russell at Racing 92.

The Scotland captain, who moved to Sandy Park in 2019, is out of contract next summer with Chiefs struggling to match his current big salary.

Rob Baxter is facing a battle to bring Exeter’s collective salary under the new £5 million cap, with Jonny Hill and Sam Skinner linked with possible departures over the weekend. 

The report is very brief but suggests Hogg – who previously was linked with a move to Racing before joining Chiefs – is thought to be keen to stay at the Premiership club but is keeping his options open at the moment.

Baxter has admitted that top clubs are currently feeling the squeeze of the salary cap, saying: “Going down to a £5 million cap is a big change.

“That realignment of salary expectations will be challenging. The ability to recruit players from outside the Premiership also becomes harder.

“There’s going to be a significant shift in that picture, probably a bigger shift than people really anticipate.”

EDITORS PICKS:

Sunday’s transfer round-up.

GONE: Worcester Warriors have parted company with ex-England winger Chris Ashton with immediate effect. FULL STORY

STAYING: All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury prop Joe Moody has become the latest player to extend his contract by re-signing with New Zealand Rugby through to 2024. FULL STORY

STAYING: Gloucester have announced that England international Mark Atkinson has penned a multi-year deal to stay with the Cherry and Whites. FULL STORY

RUMOUR: Sources suggest Chris Boyd has told Northampton club officials to go after Racing 92 playmaker Finn Russell should Dan Biggar choose to move on at the end of his current deal. FULL STORY

GONE: Saracens have confirmed that Vincent Koch will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join Premiership rivals Wasps. FULL STORY

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