December 2, 2022

Greater match prices in England may halt the exodus of gamers, Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter claims.

  • England No 8 Sam Simmonds joins French facet Montpellier
  • Saracen boss Mark McCall mentioned the transfer was ‘worrying’ for the Premiership
  • Rugby director Baxter mentioned Simmonds moved on with Exeter’s blessing

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter has instructed rising match charges for England gamers may scale back the danger of them dropping to France or Japan.

Baxter spoke after the affirmation that his staff’s quantity 8, Sam Simmonds, will transfer to Montpellier, France, earlier than the beginning of subsequent season.

Saracen boss Mark McCall mentioned Simmonds’ transfer was “worrying” for the Gallagher Premiership.

Exeter and England No. 8 Sam Simmonds will be part of France’s Montpellier subsequent season

Baxter mentioned his participant went forward with Exeter’s blessing, however mentioned taking a look at how a lot the nation’s worldwide stars are paid may very well be a technique to make sure extra don’t comply with in Simmonds’ footsteps.

England’s male gamers obtain a charge of £25,000 every time they play a Take a look at.

“There’s one other argument that if England paid them extra per sport, that’s one other method to bridge the hole. Gamers add up the entire package deal,” Baxter mentioned.

“That may trigger some dialogue as English gamers are paid fairly nicely in comparison with another international locations.”

Three England gamers who will stay in place are Freddie Steward, Jack van Poortvliet and George Martin, all of whom have agreed new Leicester offers.

Steward has shortly develop into England’s first-choice fullback, whereas scrum half Van Poortvliet went on a breakout tour of Australia in July.

England’s Purple Roses, who’re at the moment in New Zealand for his or her World Cup bid, have confirmed they are going to host France at Twickenham in a standalone match on the finish of subsequent season’s Girls’s Six Nations.