South Africa's flagship rugby franchises will be allowed to spend more money on senior players to keep them on home soil.
With the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, the Currie Cup and the U20 Provincial Championship all overlapping at some point in the 2022 season, franchises will be potentially stretched in terms of personnel.
As such, The Rapport revealed that the salary caps for all domestic teams have been increased, with the four international franchises receiving the biggest boosts. The Sharks, Bulls, Lions and Stormers will reportedly be able to spend R65.5 million on senior rugby players in 2022.
This represents a R3.6 million increase, which is set to jump up once again in 2021. In addition, 50 players will be allowed to be contracted to each of the four franchises and be paid a minimum salary of R36 155 per month.
For the other provincial franchises – namely the Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas – their salary caps have been increased by R1 million to R17 million and are able to contract up to 45 players.