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Saracens’ hopes of defending their Champions Cup suffered a blow with defeat at Munster

Coach Mark McCall made nine changes as Saracens’ hopes of defending their European Champions Cup title were dealt a blow with a 10-3 defeat at Munster on Saturday.

The English champions, who have been fined and deducted points in the Premiership for salary cap irregularities, rested England’s Owen Farrell as well as Billy and Mako Vunipola for the bonus point loss.

It leaves them third in the Pool 4 standings, five points behind the Irish province and six behind Racing 92.

McCall said he is planning to recall some of his front-line players as they host two-time winners Munster next Saturday.

“Some of the people who haven’t played today will play,” McCall said.

“Some of our non-internationals who have had a really busy eight weeks or so, they’ll get some rest,” he added.

In the other game in the group, Racing hammered 14-man

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