Wasps
Dai Young: Salary cap needs tweaking if English clubs are to perform in Europe
ESPN Staff
April 6, 2015
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Wasps boss Dai Young has called for a salary cap "rethink" after his side crashed out of Europe in Toulon on Sunday.

Wasps were without Christian Wade and Nathan Hughes for their trip to Toulon and while the hosts had Bryan Habana, Leigh Halfpenny and Juan Smith absent, such is their strength in depth, they had internationals to call on and they prevailed 32-18.

It was a weekend where four English teams were on the road in the Champions Cup but only one were victories - Saracens. Young feels that while the Aviva Premiership is competitive, the salary cap needs adjusting if the English clubs are to be competitive on the European stage.

"The salary cap has produced what it was there to produce," said Young. "But there probably needs to be a little bit of a rethink in terms of how important Europe is to English teams.

"On a domestic front it's achieved what it was set out to achieve, it's produced a lot of young English players because they are getting exposure at that level. But I suppose there probably needs to be a bit of a rethink in terms of how that leaves English teams when it comes to playing in Europe against French teams that pretty much have unlimited budgets."

He added: "The reality of it is that it's pretty much out of the hands of all the directors of rugby. There are pros and cons for everything, why the salary cap is there, it's worked.

"All the clubs have been sustainable for a long period, the threat of teams financially going to the wall isn't really there. It's the most competitive league in Europe by any stats you'll see, there are more one-score games in the Premiership than any other league and there have been two or three different winners the last couple of seasons."

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