2 Aug 2011

NZRU says only Southland breached salary cap

5:18 pm on 2 August 2011

The New Zealand Rugby Unions says all ITM Cup Provincial Unions, with the exception of Southland, were within the salary cap at the end of 2010.

As expected, Southland's final payments exceeded the cap by $2399.

The NZRU has published final audited figures for 2010 and General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen says it's generally pleased with compliance levels.

Sorenson says the re-structured salary cap has helped make a more affordable and sustainable competition.

A $2 million cap was introduced in 2006 but was capped at $1.35 milion changed when the players' collective agreement was renegotiated.

Last year and for the following two years, it was determined according to each Union's commercial revenue.

Sorensen says it was always known there would be a transitional period and the NZRU's satisfied that while Southland's previous commitments made compliance an issue in 2010,contracting after the behaviour new salary cap did not exacerbate the situation.