3 Apr 2009

French rugby to limit overseas players

7:04 pm on 3 April 2009

French rugby is to limit the number of overseas players plying their trade domestically in their top-flight clubs.

Clubs will be set a minimum number of home-grown players and will be allowed to have no more than 30% of their squad from overseas by the 2011/12 season.

Three London Wasps players, James Haskell, Tom Palmer and Riki Flutey, will all move to France next season.

Newcastle Falcons outside-half Jonny Wilkinson has also been linked with a move to France.

The LNR added that there would be a salary cap introduced at French rugby's top-flight clubs by the 2010/11 season to limit financial risks.