April 23, 2021

Saracens ready to unleash England stars against Bedford on Sunday

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Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje are fit to play their first Saracens match since last autumn with both keen to kick-start the club’s Championship promotion fight and state their Lions cases.

England captain Farrell picked up a concussion in the Ireland Six Nations defeat but is now back.

He has not played for Saracens since last September but he, Itoje, Elliot Daly, Jamie George and the Vunipola brothers are all now expected to play in the second-tier with less than a month before Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad for South Africa.

England captain Owen Farrell has not played for Saracens since last September but is back

England captain Owen Farrell has not played for Saracens since last September but is back

England captain Owen Farrell has not played for Saracens since last September but is back

Maro Itoje will play in the second-tier a few weeks before Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad

Maro Itoje will play in the second-tier a few weeks before Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad

Maro Itoje will play in the second-tier a few weeks before Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad

Their club boss Mark McCall said a ‘large percentage’ of the England players would feature against Bedford Blues this Sunday.

‘Over the next two games we expect to involve all of those players, they have been back in full training with us since last week,’ he said.

‘I have got to say they have been amazing, all the international players.

‘The attitude they brought, they have brought a real life to the place – it has been incredibly positive so far.’

Sarries also now have Welsh centre Nick Tompkins back at the club after his loan at the Dragons ended after they finished their Pro14 season. He will not play against Bedford but is available for selection immediately.

‘He is a big part of our future and we are glad to get him back,’ added McCall.

Elsewhere Exeter Chiefs announced they made a £2.26m loss in their annual accounts, having been the only profitable Premiership club pre-Covid.

‘In the current climate it’s not as worrying as it could be,’ said director of rugby Rob Baxter. 

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