Saracens’ World Cup contingent return as survival bid starts at Bath

Saracens are poised to name their strongest available team including their complete England contingent when their Gallagher Premiership survival bid begins in earnest against Bath.

Friday’s trip to the Recreation Ground is their first league match since accepting a 35-point deduction and £5.36million fine for breaching salary cap regulations, leaving them 26 points adrift of safety.

Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell will return for Saracens after their World Cup exploits
Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell will return for Saracens after their World Cup exploits (Richard Sellers/PA)

Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis, Elliot Daly and Jack Singleton have already played since returning from the World Cup and after missing Saturday’s Champions Cup rout of the Ospreys, Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola are ready to join them.

When asked if the returning trio will start against Bath, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “I think so, yes.

“They’re all good to go. Apart from our long-term injuries – so Liam Williams, Alex Goode, Michael Rhodes, Juan Figallo and Max Malins – everybody else is available for selection this weekend.

@GeorgeKruis is back in the mix for the first time following the World Cup 🏉 #TogetherSaracenspic.twitter.com/lU6LnVGVbt

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“The England players have been great since coming back in. They’re in great spirits, surprising to some maybe. There’s a real sense of togetherness and unity there.

“We talked a lot last week about the situation we were in and we decided as a group we’d draw a line under the salary cap issue and get on with the task in hand. It’s what we’re paid to do and what we’re going to do.”

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