Mako Vunipola Mark McCall says Saracens will play as if they are on negative points amid possible deduction

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Saracens’ director of rugby has revealed his side will play as if they are on a negative points balance and the World Cup stars will be rushed back as the club prepares for the ‘worst case scenario’.

Breaking his silence on Saracens’s 35 point deduction and £5.4m fine for breaching the salary cap, Mark McCall said that the club will now prioritise the Premiership over European rugby as they seek to avoid relegation if the penalty stands.

Following their comprehensive 21-12 victory against Gloucester in the face of a fired-up Kingsholm, the table officially puts Saracens in second spot on 13 points, accompanied by an asterisk.

Saracens director Mark McCall faces a difficult spell if they are given the 35 point deduction

Yet McCall said the attitude among his group is that they are on -22 points, in case the club’s appeal is unsuccessful, and the approach for this season has been altered accordingly.

‘I think we have to [think like that]. We have got a plan for the worst-case scenario, which will affect our strategy around the Champions Cup,’ he said.

Asked whether the England players including Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy and Mako Vunipola would come back sooner than planned, he said: ‘Yes. I think we would have had some big conversations anyway about how they are feeling because it is unrealistic to think some can come back from five months away and play in a Champions Cup game two weeks after a World Cup final.

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