Saracens ready to unleash England stars Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly and both Mako and Billy Vunipola against Bedford as fallen giants step up their bid to reclaim Premiership place
- The English captain Owen Farrell has not played for Saracens since September last year
- Maro Itoje is also fit to make his first appearance for the club since last fall
- Mark McCall confirmed that most of his English players would be in the film on Sunday
Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje are fit to play their first Saracens game since last fall, and both want to jump-start the club’s championship promotion fight and publicize their Lions cases.
England captain Farrell was concussed during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat, but is now back.
He hasn’t played for Saracens since September last year, but him, Itoje, Elliot Daly, Jamie George and the Vunipola brothers are now expected to all play in the second tier with less than a month before Warren Gatland’s Lions roster choose South Africa.
The English captain Owen Farrell has not played for Saracens since September last year, but is back
Maro Itoje plays a few weeks before Warren Gatland picks his Lions roster in the second tier
Their club boss Mark McCall said a ‘large percentage’ of the English players would play against Bedford Blues on Sunday.
“We expect to involve all those players in the next two games, they have been fully training with us since last week,” he said.
‘I have to say they have been great, all international players.
‘The attitude they brought, they’ve put a real life in their place – it’s been incredibly positive so far.’
Sarries also now has Welsh center Nick Tompkins back at the club after his lease with the Dragons ended after they ended their Pro14 season. He does not play against Bedford, but is immediately available for selection.
“He’s a big part of our future and we’re happy to get him back,” McCall added.
Elsewhere, Exeter Chiefs announced they had suffered a loss of £ 2.26 million in their financial statements as they were the only profitable Premiership club before Covid.
“In the current climate, it is not as worrisome as it could be,” said rugby director Rob Baxter.