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Mark McCall Blasts RFU For Giving Premiership Clubs ‘Ludicrous’ Disadvantage In The Champions Cup

BARNET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on October 29, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall has hit out at the RFU for giving Premiership clubs a disadvantage for this weekend’s round of European Champions Cup fixtures.

England faced Australia on December 3, a full week after the rest of the Northern Hemisphere teams finished their schedules.

This meant that the Premiership clubs only had one week with their England players before the Champions Cup, and this was reflected in the results.

Saracens and Wasps were the only sides to win, with Northampton and Leicester going down heavily against Leinster and Munster respectively.

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Manu Tuilagi of Leicester walks off the pitch after being yellow carded during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

McCall did not hold back with his criticism of the decision to play the Australia game last weekend.

“You’re asking players to play in the Champions Cup the weekend after they’ve played Australia. It’s not fair on the Premiership clubs.

“For me it’s ludicrous that the fourth international shouldn’t be at the start of the window rather than the end. I don’t think it’s right that you continuously have to ask them to back up.

“Ireland, Scotland and Wales were able to rest players and you’ve maybe seen that in some of the other results this weekend – the wins by Munster and Leinster.” Quotes via BBC.

This is not the first time this season that McCall has been critical of the national team setup, having aired his opinion of an England training camp in October.

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