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Posted by: Steve_M
Date: 15/12/2019 09:51
It's very easy to play "fantasy rugby" when comparing squads. I would suggest you need to look at the circumstances said players came to their clubs to compare relative cost.
Of your few named, Itoje, George and Farrell, our academy. Vunipolae, Mako came from the Championship with a lot of promise, yes, but a gamble if you like, shown by how long from signing to being an established first team er, and Billy was just capped, but it was a one horse race, his mother wanted both boys on the same side and it was felt Wasps treatment of him was poor. Koch was recently out of favour at international level.

I'm not saying that means they were all cheap, but all have mitigating circumstances compared to, say, Bath going out and buying the NotNots academy, why their wages might be slightly less than the "fantasy rugby might suggest. And yes, at least 3 of those are widely touted to be coinvested with Mr Wray...

I'm not arguing about where/how you sourced these players myleftboot but are you trying to tell me that Itoje, George and Farrell are still on academy wages and Mako on a Championship level salary ... of course they're not, they're being paid their going value. Koch has just returned a winner from a world cup. That's all been done to death on here anyway and it would be boring to all to rehash it and that wasn't my intention when posting.

My particular question was did anyone know what has changed since the previous few seasons to bring the club under the cap this year ?

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