Rugby franchises allowed to spend more on players

The Sharks, Stormers, Lions and Vodacom Bulls have reportedly each been granted a R3.6 million salary cap increase.

According to Sunday newspaper Rapport, each of South Africa’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship franchises will be allocated a cap of R65.5m on senior players next year, an increase from the R61.9 million each team was allocated in 2021.

The report goes on to say that this will again increase to R67.2m in 2023. On top of this, each of the franchises will be allowed to spend R8m on development players.

Due to the overlap of the URC, the Currie Cup and the SA U20 Provincial Championship, each of the Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions will be allowed to contract 50 players until at least June 2022.

Players contracted to one of the South African URC teams must receive a reported minimum salary of R36 155 per month next year.

The domestic franchises – the Cheetahs, Griquas and Pumas – cannot contract more than 45 players with a R17m cap, an increase of R1 million from this year. This will go up to R18m in 2023.


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