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Sarries stars could snub Six Nations says Jones

19th November 2019, 03:44 by Michael Holland

Some Saracens players could turn their back on the Six Nations to help their club avoid relegation, England coach Eddie Jones believes.

Saracens sit bottom of the Premiership after being hit with a 35-point deduction and a £5.36million fine for breach of the salary cap and have it all to do to stay up.

Six players from Sarries started the World Cup final defeat against South Africa, but Jones fears some could now turn their back on their country in favour of trying to help them stay up.

"It could have a significant impact," Jones told BBC Sport. "It's something we need to weigh up and look at very carefully."

Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola, hooker Jamie George, second row Maro Itoje and full-back Elliott Daly were the Sarries players involved against South Africa.

Jones, who was Saracens' director of rugby in 2008-09, added: "Obviously there may be some dislocation between Saracens players and the rest of the clubs. That's a reality.

"So we may have to work to mend those relationships a bit harder, and there might be some Saracens players who feel like they've got to play for their club instead of their country, to make sure they don't go down. So we'll weigh all those up as they come about."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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