Saracens have won the Heineken Champions Cup trophy for the third time in their history after dethroning Leinster at St. James Park this afternoon.
It’s the third time in four seasons that the English club have lifted European club rugby’s top prize and Irishman, Mark McCall, has been an ever-present in all three of those victories.
The Saracens director of rugby began his coaching career with his native Ulster where he won a Celtic League (now PRO 14) title in 2006 before resigning from his role 18 months later.
He had a brief stint in Frances with Castres before he signed with Saracens as first-team coach ten seasons ago. Under his tutelage, the English Premiership side have won four league crowns and now three European Cups.
The Irish man was key to Saracen’s display this afternoon that saw them overpower Leinster and afterwards the question was asked as to whether or not McCall should have been considered for the Ireland job after Joe Schmidt leaves following the forthcoming World Cup.
Shane Horgan feels that he may become a future target for the Ireland job but isn’t sure if it is currently on his mind given the success he’s currently having with Saracens.
“At some point in the future and as the days go by as the cups and medals keep racking up he becomes a more and more serious contender and more desired by the IRFU but the difference between that and whether he actually wants to do it who knows?”
Matt Williams meanwhile, feels that McCall should have been considered for the job and finds it strange that the IRFU didn’t given his track record.
“It’s very interesting that we would appoint an assistant coach, who’s never been a head coach, who’s a defensive coach, who’s from rugby league but Mark McCall with all that doesn’t, it just says something about our system at the moment.”
Should Mark McCall have been seriously considered as a replacement to Joe Schmidt?@MattRCNM believes so.
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