Chairman of Saracens rugby club in London, Nigel Wray
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Wray warns of 'brain drain' over pay in Rugby Union

The salary cap in the English Premiership Rugby Union was recently raised to £5m (5.9m euros) per club.

The chairman of Saracens rugby club in London, Nigel Wray told BBC Extratime that the cap was helpful because it helps puts a lid on costs.

But Mr Wray expressed concern that on an international level, salary caps were higher and some of the most talented players might go elsewhere.

"It is a short-lived profession and actually it is quite wrong that you stop people getting what they are worth," he said.

Mr Wray said that the issue needed to be resolved with the Rugby Union; "We have to have more money to stop a brain drain."

You can see the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 24 April 2014 at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on Friday 25 April 2014 at 00:30 BST and 04:30 BST on the BBC News Channel.

Watch more clips at the Extratime website

Extratime is the sister programme of HARDtalk but its sole focus is on sport. You can watch the full interview on BBC World News.

  • 24 Apr 2014
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