Former England flyhalf turned pundit Andy Goode couldn’t resist delivering a dig into Saracens after their humbling at the hands of Racing 92 in Paris.


Mark McCall’s men were easily beaten by 30 points to 10 at the Paris La Défense Arena by their hosts, who outgunned a relatively inexperienced Saracens team.

Racing pulled away before grabbing a late bonus point from the men in black and red, whose domestic issues regarding their salary cap woes apparently coming home to roost.

RugbyPass columnist Goode was in no mood for mercy on Twitter, where he whaled into his former club.

“So Saracens are currently finding out what it’s like in the Champions Cup for the other Premiership Rugby clubs who stick to the wage cap.”

Goode has been a vocal critic of Sarries and was clearly reveling in their struggles.


The London club are set to drop their planned appeal against a £5.4million fine and a 35-point penalty for a breach of the salary cap, the PA news agency understands.

Goode wrote: “News is Saracens won’t review the £5.36 million fine & 35 point deduction, if true then they are clearly guilty as charged & the next question will be what about this season as there’s no way they can be under the Premiership Rugby salary cap if they haven’t been previously!”

The back-to-back Premiership champions and reigning European champions had initially announced their intention to appeal against what they deemed to be “heavy-handed” punishments that were further described by club chairman Nigel Wray as “absolutely devastating”.


But ahead of Monday’s deadline to officially serve notice of appeal, Saracens are now poised to confirm they will not be doing so.

– Additional reporting PA

Sonny Bill Williams speaks at a press conference alongside Toronto Wolfpack head coach Brian McDermott and chief executive Bob Hunter following his move to the Super League newcomers.

Video Spacer

Mailing List

Sign up to our mailing list for a weekly digest from the wide world of rugby.

Sign Up Now