Saracens Boss Blames RFU For Premiership Team’s Poor Champions Cup Weekend

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Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall has criticised the Rugby Football Union for staging a fourth match outside of the international window in the week before the Champions Cup.

He has claimed that it it puts English clubs at a distinct disadvantage. England were the only side of the home unions to play a fourth Test match, the victory against Australia, last weekend. Ireland and Wales, who also played four Tests this autumn, in contrast opted to hold the extra game on the weekend before World Rugby’s international window last month.

McCall had previously described the scheduling of the extra England fixture in December as “ludicrous” and raised the matter again in the wake of his side’s bonus-point victory over Sale.

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“I said before that it was ludicrous that England’s fourth international should be at the end rather than the start of the international widow,” McCall said. 

“Ireland were able to rest their players, as well as Scotland and Wales, and you can see that in some of the results this weekend.

“We are incredibly fortunate in the players that we have got that it means a lot to them to play for us.” 

Does he have a point?

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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