After Saracens released a statement recently from chairmen Nigel Wray regarding the controversy surrounding the salary cap, a number of players past and present have given their opinion of Twitter.
Saracens have been at the centre of a lot of attention recently due to Wray’s business ventures with a number of Saracens players, which some have seen as a way of avoiding the salary cap regulations. Premiership Rugby have opened an investigation into this, but that has not stopped many from voicing their opinion.
Saracens do a lot of player welfare and Wray believes that these investments are a great way to help players after their careers, believing that the club are transparent regarding how they spend their money.
While the Premiership champions have been lambasted by some over this latest revelation, it is clear that this approach is looked upon favourably by a number of players.
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Former Gloucester and England number eight Luke Narraway said that Saracens “lead the way”, which was echoed by former Wales fullback Lee Byrne, who said “retirement is one of the hardest battles you will face as an x pro”. Likewise, former Wales international Jonathan Davies described the “fantastic culture on an off the pitch”, as the playing fraternity seems to support Saracens’ approach.
Interesting read, as players we have all been part of meetings at clubs where the focus is creating a ‘family culture’ and ‘looking after our players’ often ending in zero action. Regardless of if it’s true or not regarding salary cap, Saracens certainly lead the way here https://t.co/HLB25LOgO7
— Luke Narraway (@lukenarraway) March 11, 2019
Well done Nigel Wray and @Saracens ??? leading the way again. Hope all the other clubs take note of this. Having been there myself retirement is one of the hardest battles you will face as an x pro .#pieceofmeat https://t.co/RfH0xB4fTd
— Lee Byrne (@byrney_15) March 12, 2019
A message from Nigel Wray. ?? #TogetherSaracens
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) March 11, 2019
These are not the only ones that have come out in support of Saracens, as other players have also commended the club. This perhaps shows a contrast in what players think and what fans think, as the players and former players have experienced firsthand life after rugby.
While some fans may still feel that this is unfair on their club, and that is a legitimate objection, this shows that this is a case that is not simply black and white. The fact that so many former players are showing support of Saracens is maybe the greatest endorsement that the club could have.
Go get em, Nigel. https://t.co/FapqpG8iGB
— Jim Hamilton ? (@jimhamilton4) March 11, 2019
This is how to do it. https://t.co/UYaYZn8T2n
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) March 12, 2019
I’ve got a lot of time for Nigel’s commitment to supporting players off field development. I’ve never been a Saracens player but I / @Switch_the_Play have watched closely how that environment has changed them both on & off the pitch. Keep up the great work.
— Leon Lloyd (@LeonLloyd13) March 12, 2019
— Phil Davies (@pd4rugby) March 11, 2019
However, some players are still a little less convinced by Wray’s statement, particularly Harlequins’ Joe Marler, who posted Saracens’ tweet with an emoji alongside. While he has not directly voiced an opinion, there is a feeling that he is not so supportive of Saracens as some other players have been.
This is a debate that will surely rage on for a while, but this is an indication that the initial sense of indignation is not shared by all players.
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