Gloucester can't 'replace' Olly with front-five player
OLLY Morgan's enforced retirement will not allow Gloucester to bolster their front-five resources.
Rugby director Nigel Davies has refused to rule out more tight-five recruits this term as he examines in minute detail Gloucester's salary cap position.
But even if full-back Morgan's premature retirement this week frees up some funds through injury dispensation rules, Gloucester would not be allowed to replace the 27-year-old with a lock or a prop.
Premiership Rugby moved to clarify a number of regulations surrounding the salary cap this week, in the wake of Sale and former England wing Mark Cueto alleging several clubs comfortably flout squad wage-limit rules.
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Clubs must apply to PRL's salary cap manager for the green light to make an injury-dispensation signing, and only to replace players injured for 12 or more weeks.
Premiership clubs can only replace an injured player with a recruit to operate in the same position.
Admitting Gloucester will keep an open mind on potential mid-season signings, Davies explained: "Never say never. We're still looking at where we are in terms of the salary cap and our budgets.
"And we'll always be looking, constantly.
"We've got a set-up that allows us to do that now, with Alex Brown and Olly Mor- gan.
"We're now set up to be more proficient in that area than we have been in the past."