Owen Farrell Ex-England captain Hartley says Saracens stars will prioritise Six Nations over relegation battle

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Owen Farrell ‘I’d be shocked if any player decided not to play for England’: Dylan Hartley believes Saracens stars will prioritise Six Nations over relegation battle

  • Saracens have been docked 35 points as a punishment for salary cap breaches 
  • They were fined £5.3m and face a battle to stay in the Gallagher Premiership
  • It has led to concerns that players will pick club over country to offer their help
  • Former England captain Hartley insists Test rugby is too big a draw to turn down

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Former England captain Dylan Hartley would be ‘shocked’ if any of Saracens’ players prioritised the battle for Gallagher Premiership survival over appearing in the Six Nations.

That was the prospect raised by Eddie Jones after the English and European champions were docked 35 points and fined £5.36million for breaching salary cap regulations.

Saracens supplied six starters for the recent World Cup final and while the club state that players with international ambitions will continue to have their blessing, Jones fears they might suffer from conflicting loyalties.

Six Saracens players including Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi started in the World Cup final

But the recently retired Hartley, who in 2016 led England to their first Grand Slam for 13 years, insists Test rugby is too big a draw to turn down.

‘You try and find me a player who doesn’t want to play for his country. I’d be shocked if the Saracens

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