Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quins Claim the Cap Still Fits as They Deny Umaga Rumours

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quins Claim the Cap Still Fits as They Deny Umaga Rumours

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HARLEQUINS today denied their transfer dealings would break the [pounds sterling]2.1million salary cap and made it clear Tana Umaga is not joining them.

With Quins on the verge of regaining their Guinness Premiership status, they hold a 13-point lead at the top of National League One, the club have already signed England centre Stuart Abbott on a [pounds sterling]200,000a-year contract for next season and have been linked with a whole host of players including Umaga.

The former All Blacks skipper (right) will retire this year but the rumours reached such a scale that Quins officials took the unusual step of contacting Umaga's agent to find out if he had decided to play on.

Mike Scott, the Quins team manager, said: "We understood Tana was going to retire from all rugby at the end of the National Provincial BY CHRIS JONES Rugby Correspondent Championship season in New Zealand and that is exactly what his agent said was happening.

"We are being linked with all kinds of players for all sorts of amazing amounts of money and if it was all true then we would be busting the salary cap. …

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