PREMIERSHIP rugby players are considering “refusing to train as full squads” and have been advised pay cuts are “illegal” according to a national newspaper.

The Daily Mail reports “a militant mood in some quarters” over many clubs reducing wages by 25 per cent while play is stopped due to the global pandemic.

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Premiership club owners spoke on Wednesday with Warriors, Gloucester and Wasps confirming the salary reduction for all staff above a certain financial threshold.

The report states “senior officials are already braced for the suspension of the top division until June at the earliest” but that they “are determined to ensure that their league reaches a conclusion”.

It continues: “Players are mindful of the profound impact of the coronavirus outbreak but there is a militant mood in some quarters because the guidance is that full pay will not be reinstated until fixtures resume, rather than when there is a return to full training, which will be sooner.

“Sources have revealed that there have been talks about the possibility of refusing to train as full squads until there are assurances that salaries will return to contracted levels.

“Players have been advised that the clubs’ actions are illegal and represent breach of contract.

“Many have agreed to accept the drastic measures but the guidance is that they would be free to find another club or take legal action if they see fit.”

The potential clash comes amid “grave concerns that at least two clubs could go out of business soon”.

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