Salary cuts: RPA accuses clubs of ‘pure fabrication’

Harlequins prop Mark Lambert (centre) is the chairman of the Rugby Players’ Association

The English players’ union says it is a “sad day in the history of rugby” as the civil war between players and Premiership clubs over pay escalates.

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has warned of potential legal action after clubs voted unanimously to cut the salary cap by £1.4m from 2021-22.

Most top-flight players took a 25% pay cut in March because of coronavirus.

In a statement released to The Times,