Published on: Amended:
Toulouse (France) (AFP)
The French Top 14 will gradually reduce its world leader salary cap over the next four years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Castres president Pierre-Yves Revol told AFP on Tuesday.
The figure of 11.3 million euros (12.74 million dollars) will drop 12% to 9.94 million euros at the start of the 2021 season after club leaders agreed earlier during the day, but the decision must be ratified by the executive body of the league.
“The French League (LNR) will communicate on this and other measures,” said Revol.
However, the newspaper L’Equipe claims that the bosses rejected the idea of presenting a renowned player who would be exempt from the financial limit, as is the case in English Premiership.
According to some information, the winner of the South African rugby world cup Handre Pollard earns 1.06 million euros (1.2 million dollars) per year in Montpellier.
Teams such as Pollard’s outfit as well as Toulouse from Cheslin Kolbe and Toulon from Eben Etzebeth have agreed to cut their team’s wages for the upcoming campaign due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Top 14 season was declared over in April due to the virus epidemic without a champion being named.
In June, the Premiership announced that it would lower its own salary cap to £ 5 million ($ 6 million, € 5.6 million) from £ 6.4 million.
Southern Hemisphere Super Rugby, Pro14 or the Japanese Top League have salary limits, but some unions have their own rules.
© 2020 AFP