Saracens should still be relegated claims former England international

Friday, March 27th, 2020 5:31pm

Former Saracens, Leicester Tigers and England hooker, George Chuter, believes that when next season starts, Newcastle should be in the Premiership and Saracens in the second-tier.

Before rugby, along with most sports, decided to postpone their respective tournaments, fixtures and events, Saracens' relegation from the Premiership was already confirmed.

After an investigation found the club had breached salary cap rules, and were subsequently punished with a hefty fine and points deduction, Saracens then accepted relegation from the Premiership.

Meanwhile Newcastle, sat top of the Rugby Football Union Championship, have an 18-point lead over Ealing Trailfinders who have played one game less.

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A statement on England Rugby's website confirmed that rugby would be suspended at both a professional and community level until mid-April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

"The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.  

"Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

"The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks."

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Speaking to Martin Bell about the situation the game currently finds itself in and how the governing bodies should go about finishing the season, former Saracens hooker, George Chuter, believes the sport should continue being suspended until "we're properly clear of" COVID-19.

"We've got to take this pandemic as serious as we can. If that means postponing all sport or rugby or whatever it is until July/August, when we're properly clear of it, then that's what needs to be done. 

"I don't know if that's gonna be the case. Obviously, as a sports fan, I would hope to see live sport before the summer. But we have to take things very, very seriously. And I guess part of the reason we're in this trouble is we haven't taken it seriously enough to this point. 

"I work in hospitality and events and we've cancelled events until at least June. I think that's the way it's gonna go. I don't really see there being an end to the season. And that's right, we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can as the British public, and that includes high paid sports stars and actors and whatever you want, we've got to make sure we're doing the right thing for the British public in general." 

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Chuter went on to add that Saracens should still face their punishment and be placed in the second-tier at the start of next season. "It would be odd to see a season finish after whatever it is, 10 games-11 games, I can't remember, but that's the way it's gotta be and actually I think the judgement doesn't really affect Saracens at all. 

"Yes, there might be some issues around other clubs struggling for money and going bust but at the end of the day, they're [Saracens] still guilty of what they were guility of, that doesn't change. 

"So I'd be very surprised if we see the full 20 fixtures played out for this season regardless, and not even considering the playoffs. 

"But I think next season, whenever that starts, we just start with what we were going to start with originally, so that's Newcastle coming up and Saracens going down."

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