LONDON – Saracens will not ask their England players to put club before country despite their Premiership status being jeopardised by a 35-point deduction for breaching salary cap regulations, coach Mark McCall has said.
English and European champions Saracens were also fined 5.36 million pounds ($6.93 million) this month and the club has opted not to appeal the punishment.
England coach Eddie Jones has said he was concerned that Saracens players such as Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Mako and Billy Vunipola would prioritize Premiership survival over next year's Six Nations.
“I would never ask players not to play for England,” McCall told reporters. “We want them to play for their country and I support them doing so 100% ... it's the pinnacle of the game.
“Wanting to play in the Six Nations doesn't mean you're not committed to the club. All of these guys are 100% committed to the club but playing for your country is playing for your country and I would support that every time.”