Salary Cap For French Top 14 For 2010/2011 season

Salary Cap For French Top 14 For 2010/2011 season

The French National Rugby League, have announced the implementation of a salary cap for clubs in France from the 2010-2011 season.

The organisation that controls both the Top 14 and ProD2 clubs, voted to restrict the spending of France’s top clubs on December 16 in their annual meeting held in Paris.

From the start of next season, clubs will be limited to a salary budget of 8 million Euros, or £7.1 Million.

That figure is still considerably higher than the limit in the Guinness Premiership, which stands at £4.4 million, although the figure is expected to be increased in the near future.

However, the French clubs will have to hold a reserve of 20 per cent of their salary budget, raised from 10 per cent in wake of a number of financial disasters at French clubs in recent times.

Foreign players

The LNR have also restricted a quota on foreign players that could later impact the number of overseas players, plying their trade in the Top 14.

From the beginning of next season all French clubs will be obliged to have a minimum of 40 per cent of their players that have developed through French academies, a drop from 50 per cent.

Nevertheless that figure is set to increase back to its current 50 per cent quota, for the 2011-2012 season and will then reach 60 per cent for the 2012 campaign.

This may influence the amount of British players that have recently moved to France including James Haskell, Tom Palmer, Jonny Wilkinson, Andy Goode, Shaun Perry and Ricki Flutey.

Big spending Clubs such as Stade Francais, Toulouse, Toulon, Perpignan, Racing Metro and Clermont.

How do you see this effecting the spending of the big clubs?

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