LONDON (AP) — English and European champion Saracens was docked 35 points and fined more than 5.3 million pounds ($6.9 million) on Tuesday for multiple breaches of Premiership Rugby’s salary cap regulations. Club chairman Nigel Wray said they intended to appeal, which would delay the sanctions. An independent panel led by John Dyson, a former judge, found the London-based club failed to disclose payments to players in each of the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons, and exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players. Saracens won the European Cup in 2017, the Premiership in 2018, and both this year. The panel was established after a nine-month Premiership Rugby investigation led to charges being brought in June. The panel upheld all the charges. Saracens had six players in the starting XV and another in the reserves for England in the Rugby World Cup final last Saturday, including captain Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, and Billy Vunipola. Another Saracen opposed them, … [Read more...] about European club champ Saracens penalized for financial doping
Pippa Funnell, the British eventer who returned to the summit of her sport this year after ending a 16-year barren run at the Burghley Horse Trials, has been crowned the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year in association with The Telegraph. Surrey-based Funnell led from start to finish at the event on 11-year-old gelding MGH Grafton Street to seal her first Burghley win since completing the Rolex Grand Slam in 2003. Her individual victory stylishly eclipsed the team silver she earned a week earlier at the European Eventing Championships in Germany, along with Britain’s Kristina Cook, Piggy French and Oliver Townend. Funnell fought off competition from a shortlist of eight women to win the public vote. She received her award from Maro Itoje at the ceremony, hosted by Clare Balding and broadcast live on BT Sport. “I’ve had the most amazing career and a long career, but any person’s career over the space of 35 years isn’t just … [Read more...] about Pippa Funnell crowned BT Sport Action Woman of the Year
Mike Brown From hero against Wales with his usual steadfastness to dropped for the last two games, Brown has been in unfamiliar territory but still has something to offer. 5 Anthony Watson With two tries against Italy, the Bath player did not maximise the chance when stepping across latterly to full-back for Brown, failing to gather Johnny Sexton’s steepling kick and was then injured. 5 Jonny May Tried with typical enthusiasm to get himself involved, scoring twice against Wales but was well-shackled thereafter. 6 Elliot Daly Returned from injury against France and showed well in both games, looking for work and was one of the few to cause difficulties. 6 … [Read more...] about England Six Nations player ratings: Which of Eddie Jones’ men came out with any credit and who could be shown the door?