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Jamie George concludes that there is not a decision to make. He will play for England at the Six Nations.
But to get to that point, you can see his dual loyalty to club and country being tested and this hulk of a hooker torn by the dilemma.
Saracens, the club he grew up watching, are in trouble and the absence of several first-team players early next year for five rounds — when you include the pre-Six Nations camp — will hardly help their Premiership survival fight.
Saracens’ hooker Jamie George admitted he was left ‘hurting’ after the World Cup final defeat
‘It is a difficult one, isn’t it?’ says the 29-year-old, responding to the suggestion by Eddie Jones this week that some of his England stars at Saracens might skip the Six Nations to help their club.
‘The big thing for us as players is, selfishly you want to progress in your career as much as you can and the way you do that is by playing for your country.
‘But there is always a part of you who… as a five-year-old kid I used to watch Sarries play. We are in trouble at the minute and I just want to do as much as I can for that as well.
‘It is a difficult decision that we will have to make. But at the same time, I had a conversation with (forwards and defence coach) Alex Sanderson and he was saying “We have got this. You guys go and do your thing, progress your careers. We will look after it”.
As a boyhood Saracens fan, George’s natural instinct
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