What’s the point of rugby league’s salary cap? Rugby was was the original salary cap sport when it banned payments to players in 1886, which led directly to rugby’s great split in 1895. Super League introduced the game’s first salary cap in 1998 wth the aim of equalising competition and protecting clubs from themselves. But has it achieved its goals? The new ‘Rugby Reloaded’ talks to former St Helens’ CEO Sean McGuire about the history of wage control in the game and future of the salary cap.

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