Premiership clubs who breach the salary cap in future could be stripped of titles and face suspensions, according to a damning review of the rules.
Other recommendations, in what would be a radical overhaul of the salary cap regime, include “stronger investigatory powers” and making Premiership Rugby, club executives, players and agents more accountable.
The review, undertaken by former government minister Lord Myners on behalf on Premiership Rugby, came after reigning champions Saracens breached the salary cap in each of the past three seasons.
The London club were docked 35 points and fined £5.3m for the breaches and then automatically relegated after failing to prove the club would comply this season.
Yet there was no power for Premiership Rugby to remove the titles the club had won when they were operating outside of the salary cap.
In a 55-page review, published today, Lord Myners wrote: “It is important that my recommendations should be viewed as a package of measures which, if taken together, will go a long way to restoring the integrity of the regulations.
More to follow.