Beauden Barrett Manu Tuilagi expresses sympathy to Saracens’ internationals after salary cap scandal

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Manu Tuilagi believes Saracens’ England players will face “a tough decision” at the start of next year’s Six Nations over whether to focus on club or country.

On Monday, the English and European champions chose not to appeal against a 35-point deduction and £5.36million fine for salary cap breaches.

The decision immediately plummeted Saracens to the foot of the Gallagher Premiership on -22 points, 26 adrift of Tuilagi’s own club, Leicester.

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England head coach Eddie Jones suggested there would be Saracens players who would “feel like they’ve got to play for their club instead of their country, to make sure they don’t go down”.

Tuilagi can understand that for England’s World Cup contingent – Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, Jack Singleton, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Ben Spencer and Elliot Daly – they will be torn as to which way to turn ahead of the Six Nations campaign that begins with a clash against France in Paris on 2 February.

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