Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola ‘will make good decisions’ over Saracens future

Mako Vunipola, left, and Maro Itoje played for England in last year's World Cup final

Saracen strikers Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola will consider their international future when they decide to stay at the relegated club, says England defense coach John Mitchell.

Itoje and Vunipola have yet to commit to another season with Sarries, who were relegated to the Championship after breaches of the salary cap.

Advertisement

Vunipola's brother Billy has confirmed that he will stay at Allianz Park, along with international prostitute Jamie George and Elliot Daly.

"I am very confident of the two [Itoje and Vunipola] make good decisions, ”said Mitchell.

“Right decisions for them and their families, but also what is right for them in terms of playing test Rugby in England, because they are two guys who love playing for England.

Advertisement

"I'm sure [England head coach] Eddie [Jones], as he is very good, he is guiding and helping them. They will probably seek his advice at some point. "

Nine Saracen players represented England at the 2019 World Cup and there is no rule prohibiting Championship players from playing for the country.

Advertisement

The Premiership season is currently on hold because of the coronavirus and the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Bill Sweeney, suggested that the English tour in Japan, scheduled for July, could be moved to October.

England's six-nation campaign for 2020 has yet to be completed, with the final game against Italy postponed and the team is set to host four tests at Twickenham in November.

There are reports that the RFU is drawing up plans for rugby to be played without attacking, searching and attacking