Entries by Dave Williams

Top Ten Earners in Rugby Union

The Association of Accounting Technicians have published a list of who they believe to be the current top 10 best paid players in rugby union, with Dan Carter reportedly set to earn more than double at Racing 92 what Leigh Halfpenny takes home at Toulon. While useful as a comparative guide, the report does not […]

AP Salary Cap Investigation To Be “Swept Under The Carpet”

The Rugby Paper (8th Septmber) has predicted that Premiership Rugby will brush their nine-month salary cap investigation under the carpet this week and refuse to take any action against Bath and Saracens, who have been alleged to have broken the regulations. Both clubs have been under investigation since last December for allegedly breaching the cap, […]

“All Bets Are Off” As Blake Case Sets RFU Precedent

The RFU have recently circulated an email flyer entitled “All Bets Are Off” re-iterating their position on gambling and corruption as it relates to agents, players and coaches. Their tough stance on betting within the professional game – especially betting on rugby, playing to a pre-ordained outcome and/or passing on inside information – has been […]

Why DID Taulupe Faletau’s move to Bath fall through?

The convoluted story of Toby Faletau’s proposed move t0 Bath has been explained by Wales On-line’s Simon Thomas (see below and follow link) lat last month. It’s a sobering story of complications, technicalities and intrigue that would make an agents or a players blood run cold: “It’s been one of the sagas of the summer, […]

New Tax Approach to UK Player Testimonials

An appraisal of the new situation by Anil Matharu and Sam Purkiss of Harbottle & Lewis Player representatives, clubs and sports governing bodies have until 2 September 2015 to consult with HMRC to ensure that new plans to tax players on their income from testimonial matches and associated benefit events are fair and proportionate. Where […]

New Round of Agent Exams in October 2015

All agents looking to renew their registration in October 2015 will be expected to sit and pass an “open-book” examination based upon the regulations before their license is approved. The first agents exam was completed in October 2013 with the stated intention of a re-test every two years. Agents looking to register for the first […]

£1k Fine For Declaration Form Failures

English clubs and agents have been warned by the ARB that they can expect to be fined £1,000 if agent declaration forms are not signed and submitted by the end of July 2015. The Agents Review Board (consisting of representatives from RFU, Premiership, Championship, PRA and ARA) agreed that from 1st August 2014 all agent […]

Daily Mail Reveals £100k RWC Win Bonus for England Players

The Daily Mail reported on June 9th that England players have been promised a performance bonus of just over £100,000 each if they win this year’s Rugby World Cup on home soil. Sportsmail calculated that the financial incentive is more than six times greater than the £16,000 reward on offer for winning the 2015 RBS […]

Rugby Expo Scheduled For Nov 26th & 27th

Rugby Ventures Ltd., the management team behind Rugby Expo, has today confirmed that Rugby Expo 2015 will take place on 26-27 November, just four weeks after the Rugby World Cup final. This year’s Rugby Expo will be returning to Twickenham Stadium for the fifth consecutive year. The event will this year also move to Thursday/Friday, […]